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Indigenous Communities Turned Out In Record Numbers In Key States For Biden

Nov 19, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with Indigenous activists about this election’s historic Native voter turnout.

According to High Country News, Joe Biden’s win in Arizona and New Mexico was made possible by sixty to ninety percent of voters in the Navajo Nation, which at one point had the highest COVID infection rate in the country. We'll discuss voting barriers and voter suppression in Indian Country and find out what issues are most important to Native communities. 

Guests:

Jordan James Harvill, chief of staff of VoteAmerica

Jade Begay, creative director of NDN Collective, an organization dedicated to building Indigenous power and creating sustainable solutions

Jacqueline De León, staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund

Web Resources:

High Country News, Anna V. Smith: How Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election

Vox, Rachel Ramirez: How the Navajo Nation helped Democrats win Arizona

BuzzFeed News, Clarrisa Jan-Lim: Native American Voters In Arizona Showed Up In Force For Biden As COVID-19 Ravaged Tribal Nations

Grist, Claire Elise Thompson: Her podcast urges Native Americans to vote for a liveable future