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Chris Winters: Democratic leaders terrified about impeaching Donald Trump
Chris Winters: Democratic leaders terrified about impeaching Donald Trump (August 5, 2019)

We may be in the beginning stages of the process that could remove the president.


Cronkite News: Trump upends Census count with renewed call for citizenship question
Cronkite News: Trump upends Census count with renewed call for citizenship question (July 4, 2019)

The 2020 Census was going forward without a U.S. citizenship question. Until someone tweeted otherwise.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office
Mark Trahant: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office (May 13, 2019)

A story that journalism should report often: Our election framework needs a serious fix.


Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats continue to play political games in Congress
Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats continue to play political games in Congress (April 22, 2019)

It’s now been more than 100 days since Democrats have held the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.


AUDIO: Native leaders testify about voting rights in the Dakotas
AUDIO: Native leaders testify about voting rights in the Dakotas (April 16, 2019)

Barriers to voting in North Dakota and South Dakota were discussed at a Congressional field hearing hosted by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe hosts Congressional field hearing on voting rights
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe hosts Congressional field hearing on voting rights (April 15, 2019)

'Voter access is a human right,' says North Dakota State Rep. Ruth Buffalo, who made history at the polls amid attempts to stifle turnout in Indian Country.


Montana Free Press: Studying barriers to voting for Montana tribal communities
Montana Free Press: Studying barriers to voting for Montana tribal communities (April 1, 2019)

A bill requires the Montana State-Tribal Relations Committee to conduct an interim study on barriers to voting by Native Americans.


Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats in Congress are not acting 'For the People'
Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats in Congress are not acting 'For the People' (March 18, 2019)

H.R.1 is a rushed and sloppy attempt to rewrite voting laws, election laws and campaign finance laws to get more Democrats elected.


Cronkite News: Democrats plan to flex power in the next Congress
Cronkite News: Democrats plan to flex power in the next Congress (December 19, 2018)

Democrats are planning to focus on voting rights, elections and campaign finance when they take control of the U.S. House of Representatives.


YES! Magazine: Indian Country fights for the right to vote
YES! Magazine: Indian Country fights for the right to vote (November 19, 2018)

When Native voters show up to the polls, they’ve shown significant political power.


Native candidates claim majority on county commission in Utah
Native candidates claim majority on county commission in Utah (November 8, 2018)

The non-Native hold on power in San Juan County, Utah, has finally come to an end.


Mark Trahant: There's no turning back in historic #NativeVote18 year
Mark Trahant: There's no turning back in historic #NativeVote18 year (November 5, 2018)

There are a hundred-plus Native American candidates running for office. More than half are women.


Spirit Lake Nation challenges restrictive voter law on eve of election
Spirit Lake Nation challenges restrictive voter law on eve of election (October 31, 2018)

Native voters are continuing to fight the state of North Dakota's restrictive voter identification law.


Tristan Ahtone: Democrats can't take Native voters for granted
Tristan Ahtone: Democrats can't take Native voters for granted (October 30, 2018)

Democrats have had many opportunities to be true allies to indigenous people. Instead, they have saved their anger for when it suited their needs.


High Country News: Tribes unite to protect their voting rights
High Country News: Tribes unite to protect their voting rights (October 30, 2018)

After an eleventh-hour decision that could disqualify many Native American voters, tribal governments find their own solutions.


Jacqueline Keeler: Tribes are mobilizing to protect and get out the Native vote
Jacqueline Keeler: Tribes are mobilizing to protect and get out the Native vote (October 29, 2018)

Native voters in North and South Dakota embrace the value of their vote since Standing Rock.


Sandra Jeff: Gavin Clarkson is the right candidate for Native citizens
Sandra Jeff: Gavin Clarkson is the right candidate for Native citizens (October 29, 2018)

I wholeheartedly endorse Dr. Gavin Clarkson, an enrolled tribal member, for New Mexico Secretary of State.


Tim Giago: Where are the community organizers fighting for Native rights?
Tim Giago: Where are the community organizers fighting for Native rights? (October 29, 2018)

What we need is a community organizer to get out there and bring the Native American population together.


5 obstacles for Native voters in the November midterms
5 obstacles for Native voters in the November midterms (October 22, 2018)

Native voters have low participation rates in federal and state elections, but the problem isn't apathy.


Chris Winters: States are disenfranching Native and minority voters
Chris Winters: States are disenfranching Native and minority voters (October 16, 2018)

Some states are seeing how far they can go in disenfranchising certain voters, including Native American ones.


Tribes alarmed after Supreme Court refuses to help Native voters
Tribes alarmed after Supreme Court refuses to help Native voters (October 11, 2018)

Thousands of Native voters in North Dakota will be disenfranchised ahead of a critical election unless they take action to protect their rights.


Disenfranchising Native Americans: Court divided on voting law in Arizona
Disenfranchising Native Americans: Court divided on voting law in Arizona (September 13, 2018)

Arizona has a long history of discriminating against Native voters. A new law may help those efforts.


Richard Peterson: Brett Kavanaugh threatens tribal sovereignty
Richard Peterson: Brett Kavanaugh threatens tribal sovereignty (September 10, 2018)

Alaska tribes, despite being more than the nation's capital, know the truth about Brett Kavanaugh's agenda.


Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office
Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office (August 28, 2018)

The Navajo Nation election centers on clean water, purged voter rolls and a fading coal economy.


Navajo candidate going back on ballot after winning lawsuit
Navajo candidate going back on ballot after winning lawsuit (August 8, 2018)

The non-Indian power structure in a Utah county is slowly being dismantled.


'Blatant discrimination': Native voters face barriers at ballot box
'Blatant discrimination': Native voters face barriers at ballot box (July 18, 2018)

Native Americans have been 'systematically denied access to fair representation' as a result of persistent barriers to voting.


Western Native Voice: Restoring hope one Native voter at a time
Western Native Voice: Restoring hope one Native voter at a time (June 5, 2018)

Please help us make voting our new tradition in Indian Country.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux task force forges ahead with new constitution
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux task force forges ahead with new constitution (June 4, 2018)

A group of contemporary Lakota women have bravely stepped forward to take on the daunting task of reforming the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s 82-year old constitution.


Native vote at issue as North Dakota faulted for 'discriminatory' law
Native vote at issue as North Dakota faulted for 'discriminatory' law (May 31, 2018)

Native voters in North Dakota continue to fight for their rights amid repeated attempts to limit their participation.


Cronkite News: Native voters still face obstacles at the polls
Cronkite News: Native voters still face obstacles at the polls (May 15, 2018)

Voting can still be a challenge for Native Americans, who may face language barriers, registration difficulties and a lack of access to polling places and government services.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe weighs rights for off-reservation citizens
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe weighs rights for off-reservation citizens (April 23, 2018)

An Oglala Sioux Tribe task force wants citizens who live within treaty boundaries included in elections.


Tom Shortbull: Suppressing the Indian vote is a long tradition in America
Tom Shortbull: Suppressing the Indian vote is a long tradition in America (March 29, 2018)

The practice of gerrymandering had been used against the Lakota people in South Dakota for many years.


Graham Lee Brewer: Native candidates make waves in big year
Graham Lee Brewer: Native candidates make waves in big year (March 27, 2018)

Candidates and organizers think now is the time for Indigenous lawmakers.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Sometimes it's good to air out our dirty laundry
Ivan Star Comes Out: Sometimes it's good to air out our dirty laundry (January 25, 2018)

We must come together as only a group of decent humans can and build a path that leads to freedom and contentment for our grandchildren.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Making the tribal constitution work for our people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Making the tribal constitution work for our people (January 19, 2018)

Educating our youth can only provide them with their much needed sense of identity and thus the wherewithal to return to the old Oceti Sakowin system of government.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe asks citizens about constitution
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe asks citizens about constitution (January 11, 2018)

Were you to ask every enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe whether constitutional reform and revision is important, the response would be an overwhelming yes.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must bring back its many disenfranchised citizens
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must bring back its many disenfranchised citizens (November 29, 2017)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe has never relinquished ownership of the Black Hills. So why are tribal citizens who live there disenfranchised?


Navajo Nation welcomes public hearings into voting districts in Utah county
Navajo Nation welcomes public hearings into voting districts in Utah county (November 7, 2017)

A federal judge in Utah has scheduled two public hearings to determine how to draw the districts in a county where the Native vote has been suppressed for decades.


Native American Voting Rights Coalition convenes second hearing in Wisconsin
Native American Voting Rights Coalition convenes second hearing in Wisconsin (October 12, 2017)

The Native American Voting Rights Coalition is identifying and documenting obstacles faced by Native voters.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Indians denied right to vote despite sacrifices for America
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indians denied right to vote despite sacrifices for America (October 4, 2017)

Despite granting Native people the right to vote, the White supremacy mentality remains steadfast among most federal and state decision makers.


Native American Rights Fund slams President Trump for commission on 'voter suppression'
Native American Rights Fund slams President Trump for commission on 'voter suppression' (May 12, 2017)

The nation's oldest Indian legal advocacy group is speaking out President Trump's new voter fraud initiative.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Preparing for a new red future in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Preparing for a new red future in South Dakota (January 27, 2017)

In 50 years, Indians will be closing in on being the majority in South Dakota.


Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (November 18, 2016)

Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.


Cronkite News: Native voters face hurdles in exercising basic rights
Cronkite News: Native voters face hurdles in exercising basic rights (November 7, 2016)

It’s tough to give a poll worker your street address when you don’t live on a traditional street, but that’s just one of the challenges that Native American voters who live on a reservation can face.


Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election
Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election (October 20, 2016)

The Utah League of Native American Voters is hosting the first-ever Native issues forum as the election quickly approaches.


Judge restores affidavit option for Native voters in North Dakota
Judge restores affidavit option for Native voters in North Dakota (September 22, 2016)

Native citizens who lack identification will still be able to exercise their voting rights after winning a lawsuit in federal court.


Navajo Nation voters seek restoration of polling sites in Utah
Navajo Nation voters seek restoration of polling sites in Utah (September 21, 2016)

Native Americans have represented a majority and near majority in San Juan County yet non-Indians control the political system.


Tribal leaders file lawsuit for satellite polling locations in Nevada
Tribal leaders file lawsuit for satellite polling locations in Nevada (September 8, 2016)

Walker River Paiute Chairman Bobby Sanchez, Pyramid Lake Paiute Chairman Vinton Hawley and three veterans are seeking equal access to the polls.


Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must recognize rights of all its citizens
Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must recognize rights of all its citizens (September 5, 2016)

We may live in Rapid City but we are Oglala and we should be given every right of a citizen of the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Tim Purdon and Bryan Sells: Indian Country faces barriers to voting
Tim Purdon and Bryan Sells: Indian Country faces barriers to voting (September 2, 2016)

Significant barriers to voting exist throughout Indian Country today.


Brian Cladoosby: A victory for Native voting rights in North Dakota
Brian Cladoosby: A victory for Native voting rights in North Dakota (August 11, 2016)

The president of the National Congress of American Indians calls on the federal government to do more to protect voting rights in Indian Country.


Spirit Lake Nation welcomes decision in voter identification lawsuit
Spirit Lake Nation welcomes decision in voter identification lawsuit (August 3, 2016)

Tribal leaders and members say more people on the reservation will be able to vote thanks for the judge's ruling.


Tribal citizens secure injunction against North Dakota voter ID law
Tribal citizens secure injunction against North Dakota voter ID law (August 2, 2016)

A federal judge put a halt to a new voter identification law citing discriminatory impacts on Native Americans.


Delphine Red Shirt: Lakota people denied voting rights on our own land
Delphine Red Shirt: Lakota people denied voting rights on our own land (June 24, 2016)

If you consider the fact that we as Native Americans have not yet celebrated a century of citizenship on our own lands, you begin to understand why Native American history is always swept under the rug.


Montana establishes 13 satellite voting offices in Indian Country
Montana establishes 13 satellite voting offices in Indian Country (May 19, 2016)

The offices are located in nine counties and will help tribal citizens exercise their voting rights.


David Wilkins: Native people choose different political allegiances
David Wilkins: Native people choose different political allegiances (May 11, 2016)

A profound, inherent level of diversity is a hallmark of our collective Native nations.


Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battle in New York
Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battle in New York (April 18, 2016)

Bernie Sanders could still win the day, but how many delegates will he earn?


Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe should allow voting for all members
Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe should allow voting for all members (April 13, 2016)

Today is one of those days when we scratch our heads and say, 'Where does time go?'


Non-Indian official decries effort to protect sacred lands in Utah
Non-Indian official decries effort to protect sacred lands in Utah (March 15, 2016)

The non-Indian power structure in San Juan County, Utah, is one of the driving forces against the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.


Navajo citizens sue county in Utah for making it difficult to vote
Navajo citizens sue county in Utah for making it difficult to vote (March 2, 2016)

The county closed all polling locations in 2014 and has only designated one spot for voting this year and it's at least a four-hour round trip from the reservation.