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“Your Vote is Your Power” – Turn Out the Native Vote - Native Golfer Notah Begay III

Notah Begay III, one of Indian Country’s most well-known and accomplished athletes is stepping forward today to encourage Native Americans to use their power, the Native vote. In a new YouTube video, produced by Native Vote, Notah’s message is clear - voting is powerful.

“Don’t feel like you don’t have a say…don’t feel like you don’t have any…


Added by NCAI on August 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Access to Elections and Voter Registration a “Civic Emergency” for Native Americans says NCAI President

Lincoln, NE  –  Access to voting and voter registration for Native Americans is nearing a “civic emergency” and the nation’s leading tribal advocacy organization has called for immediate action. Addressing tribal, state, and federal government officials, Jefferson Keel the President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), outlined a set of solutions to increase access to the ballot box and voter registration for American Indian and Alaska Native voters. In…


Added by NCAI on June 18, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Rocking the Native Vote!

This month's webinar focused on Native Vote's exciting national partnership with Rock the Vote. During the webinar, Native Vote and Rock the Vote leadership and staff discussed all of the exciting ways you can get involved in helping to…


Added by NCAI on June 8, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Rocking the Native Vote Webinar: Your role in the partnership between Rock the Vote & Native Vote

Civically informed youth are civically engaged youth! 

42 percent-nearly half-of the American Indian and Alaska Native population is under the age of 24. As Indian Country's future leaders, it is important that Native youth are civically informed and prepared to engage in elections. 2012 is an…


Added by NCAI on May 31, 2012 at 11:05am — No Comments

New Features on has added some new resources and tools to help the Native Vote community organize more effectively. 

State-Based Community Groups - The Native Vote Community is over three hundred people strong, however, we know it's not easy to find people to connect with. That's why we've created state-based groups to help…


Added by NCAI on May 25, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

Native Vote's Alpha Dog; "Twilight" Star and Native Actor, Chaske Spencer Releases Native Vote Video

With 6 months to go until Election Day, Native Vote 2012 has released a PSA featuring Native American actor Chaske Spencer, best known for his role in the Twilight Saga.   

So what can YOU do to answer Chaske's call to BE THE SHIFT and BE THE NATIVE VOTE?

Here are five…


Added by NCAI on May 9, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NIGA Steps Up to Support Native Vote 2012

At the 2012 NIGA Tradeshow and Convention, NIGA President Ernie Stevens and other NIGA leaders stood with NCAI President Jefferson Keel to emphasize the importance of our Native Vote and commit themselves to supporting the 2012 campaign.

Will you stand with them to turn out the largest Native Vote ever?…


Added by NCAI on April 17, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Native Vote 2012 Training - Rocking the Native Vote - Tools and Tips for Engagement

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)( held a training at its Executive Council Winter Session in Washington, DC to discuss the recent call to action by NCAI to turn out the largest Native Vote in history. 

The panel was lead by Peggy Flanagan, Native American Leadership…


Added by NCAI on March 6, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Native Vote Central Major Focus of 2012 State of Indian Nations Address

Excerpt from the 2012 State of Indian Nations Address:

Native Vote in this election year

To achieve that vision, we need leaders who understand that Indian Country matters. Especially in a Presidential election year! We’re all aware of the impact an election can have on Indian Country. And, in recent years, many have come to…


Added by NCAI on January 26, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

UPDATED DEADLINE Fri. Nov. 12th: Submit a Native Vote Photo, Win a Native Vote Sweatshirt

We're looking for great photos from your Native Vote efforts. If you're not already a member, sign up on and upload your photos on…

Added by NCAI on November 1, 2010 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

NCAI President Jefferson Keel Releases National Radio PSA for Native Vote!

Radio Stations Can Download the File to Play Over the Air as a Public Service Announcement

Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians released a one-minute audio PSA for radio stations and social media (click to download) to encourage…


Added by NCAI on October 29, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

5 Things You Can Do To Make Native Voices Count in This Election:

1. Remind your friends and family to VOTE!

· Call your friends and family members and encourage them to vote!

· Send an email to your friends and tell them

· Write a message on Facebook and make this icon your… Continue

Added by NCAI on October 29, 2010 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

Download the Voter Protection Flyer!


Added by NCAI on October 28, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Radio Ad from South Dakota

Playing now on radio stations in South Dakota! Thanks to Dustina Gill for sending it our way!

Added by NCAI on October 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Native Vote on Facebook!

The power of Native Vote is really picking up on Facebook. Native Vote reached our goal of over 1,000 fans on the most powerful social networking site around. Our support grew from only 200 supporters to over a thousand in less than three weeks; that's 800 new Native Vote supporters! With 5 days left until Election Day we encourage you to tell more of your friends and family about Native Vote, especially on Facebook. …


Added by NCAI on October 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Judge orders Benson County reservation voting sites open

Source: - A federal judge has ruled that Benson County must open two polling sites on the Spirit Lake reservation for the Nov. 2 election.

Judge Ralph Erickson ordered that polling sites in Fort Totten and Warwick will be open to voters. The ruling states that the…


Added by NCAI on October 26, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Oglala Sioux Win Challenge of Shannon County; Early Voting Starts

Last week in South Dakota, tribal leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe were facing voter disenfranchisement and challenged a similar decision by Shannon County. The U.S. Department of Justice had begun reviewing the incident.

After seeking early voting, the Tribe was left with no election official to run the General Election. Shannon County, Fall River County, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe have come to an agreement. Beginning September 28, 2010, Shannon County's Lakota Language Program… Continue

Added by NCAI on September 29, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

“Native Vote” Disenfranchisement Occurs as County in North Dakota Fails to Protect Voting Rights of Spirit Lake Nation

National Congress of American Indians Calls on Benson County to Partner with Tribe to Solve Problem

Washington, D.C. – The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has called Tuesday’s rejection by the Benson County Board of Commissioners to continue a polling place on the Spirit Lake Reservation a major incident of Native voter disenfranchisement. The decision leaves thousands of American Indians who live on the Spirit… Continue

Added by NCAI on September 24, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Join Native Vote for our Kickoff Teleconference

Monday September 27, 2010 - 3pm EDT

Re-Grouping and identifying Immediate Needs &

Update on National Races in Indian Country

Join us for our first national teleconference on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm (eastern). NCAI will brief all of our Native Vote coordinators and tribal representatives…

Added by NCAI on September 24, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


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