Native Americans in ND Need Your Help to Exercise Their Right to Vote Next Month
Categories: Civil Rights (Voting Rights, Juries, Census)
Have you met Elvis Norquay, NARF client, United States veteran, and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota?
In 2014, Mr. Norquay was denied his right to vote because his physical street address was not listed on his ID. In 2018, it could happen again because of North Dakota’s restrictive voter ID law, which was purposefully designed to target Native American voters who reside on reservations. The new North Dakota law requires an ID with a current street address to vote. Many reservations are very rural and do not have named streets or house numbers. You can learn more of Mr. Norquay’s story by watching his short video.
Working together, we can make sure this does not happen again to Mr. Norquay or the otherwise eligible Native American voters who do not have the specific documents North Dakota is requiring to vote in the 2018 election.
We are coordinating with the five North Dakota tribes to provide updated identification cards, or address verification documents, to tribal citizens for the upcoming November elections.
A generous private donor has challenged NARF supporters to match their $25,000 gift. We need your help to match this gift and to ensure that NARF has the resources to continue fighting for Native American voting rights as the election nears and into the future.
Please help make the Native vote heard next month and have your gift matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000!We sincerely appreciate your support and partnership in asserting and defending the most important rights of ALL citizens in the United States, the right to vote.
John E. Echohawk, Executive Director
Native American Rights Fund