Resources for Native American Voters
What obstacles do Native American Voters commonly face?
1. Distant Post Offices or Slow Mail Routes?
2. Experiencing Voter Intimidation? Are You Uncertain of Your Rights?
4. Need Transportation for In-Person Voting?
History of the Native American Vote
A BRIEF HISTORY:
In 1924, the Snyder Act was passed, granting Native Americans born in the United States full citizenship and therefore full rights to Vote (according to the 15th Amendment). While the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 recognized Native Americans as U.S. citizens, the United States did not initially grant Native communities the right to vote, and this law did not give complete voting rights to Native Americans.
In 1948, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down a provision of its state constitution that kept Native Americans from Voting. Lawmakers found ways to oppress the Native American Vote with obstacles such as poll taxes, literacy tests, fraud, and intimidation.
VOTING RIGHTS STRENGTHENED:
In 1965, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act and subsequent legislation in 1970, 1975, and 1982, many other Voting protections were reaffirmed and strengthened.
While Native American Voters have nearly equal Voting rights according to law, there are now modern obstacles:
*Information from this excerpt is from the Library of Congress and Cultural Survival which have been cited and are accessible in the buttons below for your viewing*
“Voting Rights for Native Americans : The Right to Vote : Elections : Classroom Materials at the Library of Congress : Library of Congress.” The Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/classroom-materials/elections/right-to-vote/voting-rights-for-native-americans/.
“New Report Outlines the Obstacles Native Americans Face in Voting and Political Participation.” Cultural Survival, 11 June 2020, www.culturalsurvival.org/news/new-report-outlines-obstacles-native-americans-face-voting-and-political-participation.