National tribal group aims to register more voters

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National Congress of American Indians State of Indian Nations logo.

National Congress of American Indians State of Indian Nations logo. (PRNewsFoto/National Congress of American Indians)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A national tribal advocacy group is planning a week of voter education and registration events in more than 130 communities across Indian Country in an effort to boost turnout in November.

The National Congress of American Indians says there’s a “civic emergency” in American Indian communities. The group says two out of five eligible American Indian and Alaska Natives are not registered to vote.

The group wants to boost participation by at least 10 percent. Next week’s events are expected to reach more than 35,000 people in 29 states.

The organization’s president, Jefferson Keel, says the goal is for tribal voices to be heard in both national and state elections. Keel earlier this year called for the “largest native voter turnout in history” in his State of Indian Nations address.

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