North Dakota Native civic engagement

About

Working to engage tribal members in creating representative democracy.

North Dakota Native Vote was founded during the 2018 election as an advocacy group to help organize and fight back against a voter suppression law that went into effect just weeks before Election Day. NDNV is now a permanent, full time, year-round organization working in North Dakota.

Our goal is to build power for Native communities by educating, training, and mobilizing tribal members on key issues that affect the well-being of their communities. We work to build a strong voting bloc that will organize their communities to create equal representation at the state, federal, and tribal levels. We work to affect tribal/state/federal policy and guarantee that Native voters have the freedom to exercise their rights as citizens. We work with local supporters to identify issues and provide opportunities for grassroots organizing and mobilizing. 

We work to counteract the ongoing colonization of our lands, minds, and bodies by identifying systems that continue to subjugate our communities. We strive to eliminate the overwhelming disparities in civil rights, food systems, energy security and democratization, the ongoing effects of climate chaos on our lands, and policies that disproportionately affect our communities. We will build on existing relationships to create a continuous presence in each community. We will hire and train organizers that will represent each community that we work. We will build key partnerships with tribal governments, colleges, faith groups, tribal NGO’s and allies. 

Our work includes: 

  • Work in statewide coalition with other groups engaged in civic engagement and electoral work
  • Educate and mobilize reservation communities on the importance of engaging in the 2020 Census to help ensure a more accurate count among populations that are historically undercounted 
  • Recruit, train, and endorse Native American candidates for office
  • Increase Native voter education and turnout in key areas
  • Possible initiated measure on election districts/gerrymandering, fair mapping of rural areas
  • Increase participation in civic work on reservations by providing trainings, leadership opportunities, identify key issues in communities
  • Partner with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to promote a Kids Count databook through storytelling 
  • Advocate for policies on voting rights, victim’s rights, upholding treaties, food and energy sovereignty, North Dakota legislative issues, and more

Our Mission:

North Dakota Native Vote works to engage tribal members in constructing a representative democracy by working in reservation communities and urban areas to create and affect policy and equal representation for the Native people of North Dakota. We do this by fostering sustainable positive social change in our communities through community organizing, mobilization, leadership development, education, civic engagement, and public policy advocacy.

North Dakota Native Vote is an organization that is representative of the communities that we organize, led by Tribal members that build bridges across cultural gaps. We engage tribal communities and our allies in issue campaigns, public policy, advocacy, and the legislative and electoral process on issues that affect the wellbeing of tribal communities.

Contribute to our vision for a better North Dakota.