NCAI has been protecting the right to vote for Native Americans since the day the organization was founded in 1944. Some of the first resolutions ever passed by NCAI supported voting rights for American Indians in New Mexico and Arizona.
Today, NCAI's national nonpartisan initiative - Native Vote - partners with Native Vote coordinators throughout the country to revitalize civic engagement in Indian Country. Tribes are America's first governments and Native Vote works to ensure all Native citizens participate in shaping the future of their communities.
Native Vote also encourages American Indians and Alaska Natives to exercise their right to vote and works to protect voting rights across the country. At NativeVote.org you can join the national campaign and get involved in the effort in your community.
The areas of focus for the Native Vote campaign are:
- Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) and registration efforts,
- Election and voter protection awareness and advocacy
- Voter and candidate education
- Tribal access to data