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North Dakota Native Vote Stands with Black Lives Matter

North Dakota Native Vote stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement. The murder of George Floyd is another tragic example of the police brutality that plagues communities across the country. Even in North Dakota, we have seen that none of our communities are immune to the violence of overtly militarized police presence.

All too often, institutional racism carries out violence upon black and brown bodies when we fight systemic injustices, we are met with unnecessary force. Police brutality reinforces white supremacy and perpetuates the notion of genocide that has been ingrained into the political and social fabric of the United States.

Our position is to enhance racial and cultural equity through a political lens and to build opportunity for people of color through grassroots organizing and policy advocacy that promotes well-being for families and communities.

Structural racism affects every facet of our lives, down to the very decisions that are made on behalf of communities of color without our input. We know that justice can only be reached with the inclusion of all voices. The events of 2020 have shown us just how much we need to work together for a more equitable future for us all.

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” –Lilla Watson

Mitakuyé ob wani kta ča, in order to live with my relatives.

North Dakota Native Vote Board of Directors & Staff

#BLM #BlackLivesMatter

Join us for North Dakota Native Vote’s official launch!

North Dakota Native Vote is holding a press conference at noon on February 5th at the North Dakota State Heritage Center on the grounds of the state capitol.

There will be a reception following the press conference (1-3pm) to celebrate the formation of this new organization focused on engaging tribal members around voting rights, victims’ rights, upholding treaties, food and energy sovereignty, and North Dakota legislative issues.

Please come and meet our board members and others who are working toward positive change in North Dakota. Food and drinks will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public.

Time: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 12 PM – 3 PM CST

Location: North Dakota Heritage Center, 612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, North Dakota 58505

Contact for more information.

As the 2020 Census begins, questions remain about the accuracy of hard-to-count populations.

Above: Census workers traveling by snowmobile. Credit: Joshua Corbett for The New York Times

New York Times article lays out the challenges of counting Indigenous communities and other historically undercounted populations.

This year, there are renewed calls for special attention to minority neighborhoods and Indigenous communities like Toksook Bay.

In many such places, traditional methods have historically failed to count some people who may be invisible as a result of the federal government’s inability to overcome geography, language barriers or the reluctance of some residents to interact with government representatives.

It’s the same here in North Dakota.

Read more about counting hard-to-count populations here.

Stand-n-Vote [video]

Are you ready for #2020? 2020 will be the first high-tech digital count Census. Followed by the 2020 Presidential Election! This is going to be a big year for Indian Country! Let’s rock the count and then rock the vote!

Here’s a look back at some of our highlights from the 2018 midterm election. 🤩🤩🤩

Another reason the 2020 census is critical to representation in North Dakota

North Dakota Compass released updated demographic and socio-economic profiles for the 2013-2022 North Dakota State Legislative Districts. The profiles highlight 16 indicators focused on population, household, social, and economic characteristics for each of the 47 districts in North Dakota.

After the #2020Census North Dakota’s Republican-controlled legislature will reapportion legislative districts based on population. A process that gives them the opportunity to continue to protect their incumbency. It is important that we ensure a full count for fair representation of our tribal communities.

Learn more here.

We’re Hiring!

Are you looking for sustained change? Are you fed up with the decisions being made for you as a citizen? Are you looking for an exciting work environment? Want to join a team that works toward positive change in North Dakota?

Look no further! North Dakota Native Vote is looking for a full-time Field Director to take on issue work in our statewide organization. Apply to join our team and work to promote positive change on our reservations, in our communities, and for our people.

To apply send an updated resume, three references, and a writing sample to Executive Director, Nicole Donaghy at ndonaghy@ndnativevote.org. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2020.

Salary is negotiable and based on experience. Click HERE to download the complete job description.

Contribute to our vision for a better North Dakota.

North Dakota Voter ID Law Upheld by SCOTUS

NPR reports that North Dakota’s Native IDs won’t be accepted at polling places.

Less than a month before the 2018 general election, the US Supreme Court upheld North Dakota’s restrictive voter ID law invalidating most Tribal IDs from being used at polling places.

Many Native American reservations, however, do not use physical street addresses. Native Americans are also overrepresented in the homeless population, according to the Urban Institute. As a result, Native residents often use P.O. boxes for their mailing addresses and may rely on tribal identification that doesn’t list an address.

Read more about how the Supreme Court is enabling voter suppression of Indigenous communities here.

There is a way to get your street address:

Click on this link to contact your county Emergency Managers to begin the free process of getting your street address.

Be sure to request paper confirmation, in letter form, and have it mailed to your mailing address. This letter will serve as street address confirmation for voting purposes. You can use the same letter to also get an updated ID that includes street address.