In the 2012 State of Indian Nation, NCAI President Jefferson Keel remarked,
“We’re all aware of the impact an election can have on Indian Country. And, in recent years, many have come to learn that the door swings both ways – Indian Country can have a significant impact on elections – and it can be game changing… When it comes to Native Vote, we can and we must think big. Simply put, we will work tirelessly in 2012 to see the highest Native turnout ever. “
Over 1,000,000 eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives (34 percent of the total Native population over 18) were not registered to vote in the 2008 elections. The Native Vote campaign seeks to equip tribal leaders and Native Vote coordinators with the tools and information to reach out to Native Voters, inform them about their responsibility and right to voice their opinion and encourage Native people to take a stand at the polls this November.
To lend a hand in this important effort, we encourage you to take advantage of the following opportunities: