There are more than 5.2 million Native Americans living in the U.S., yet only a small fraction cast a ballot each election cycle. What factors lead to this low turnout? Viewpoints speaks with two experts about how historical bias feeds into current challenges.
- Jean Reith Schroedel, professor of political science, Claremont Graduate University, author, Voting in Indian Country: The View From the Trenches.
- Dr. Brian Joseph Gilley, professor of anthropology, Indiana University-Bloomington.
Links for more information:
- Have You Voted Yet? Visit USA.gov to Get Information on Voting And Elections.
- The New York Times: For the Navajo Nation, ‘Everything Takes Time,’ Including Voting.
- American Bar Association: How the Native American Vote Continues to Be Suppressed.
- Native American Rights Fund: Nonprofit Organization Providing Legal Representation to Defend the Rights of Native Americans.