Election 2012 Reports
"Native Americans across the country have unique issues that deserve coverage by mainstream media. Through this initiative, we will work with American Indian/Alaska Native journalists in the coverage of issues important to Tribal people."
-- Shirley K. Sneve, NAPT Executive Director
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The Native Vote in Montana
Mark Trahant reports from the Fort Belknap Agency, Montana.
Denise Juneau, a member of the Mandan and Hidatsa Tribes of North Dakota, is the first American Indian woman to win a statewide election. After four years in office, she is now running for re-election as Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Seven Democratic candidates in Montana traveled across the state this week, some 1,700 miles, visiting Indian reservations along the way. The tour included U.S. Senator Jon Tester, candidates for governor, attorney general, as well as the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau.
Powering Montana's Native American Vote:
The Native American vote has become an important part of the electorate. Native Americans make up about 8 percent of Montana, roughly 6.5 percent of all voters. A number that has been increasing since 2004.
The Native Vote in Nebraska
As Native voters on the Great Plains begin to pay closer attention to this year's election campaign, environmental issues are on the agenda along with the economy and jobs.
Bill Kelly reports from Lincoln, NENative American Voters Share Concerns About Economy And Education:
It's not easy to convince people at the Winnebago Tribe Powwow to talk about politics and the upcoming election. It's not only talking over the steady, infectious rhythm of the drum groups performing in the dance circle. There's often a sense that Native people get left off the radar of the people campaigning for office. In fact, if there's something everyone agrees on, regardless of political philosophy, it's that candidates need to make a swing through the reservation more often.
Making Sure the Native Vote Counts
Campaign strives to ensure “Every Native Vote Counts”:
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has officially kicked off an effort to have the largest Native American voter turnout in history during this election cycle.
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