Traditionally, people over 65 years of age have the highest voting rates, so their issues are well represented in elections. But there are several initiatives to get young people to the polls, including registration drives and voter education. Those efforts may have paid off in the 2018 election when the U.S. Census reported a 79 percent increase in voters 18-29 years old. What are the issues that are important to young Native voters? We’ll talk with Native youth who have their eyes on the coming election about the issues that are important to them.
Eddy Falcon (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) – youth engagement specialist for Covenant Health Alaska
Isabel Coronado (Mvskoke Nation) – Policy Entrepreneur with the Next100
Jacob Cousin (Oglala Lakota) – research assistant for the Brown School of Public Health
Jazmine Wildcat (Northern Arapaho) – senior at Riverton High School
Break 1 music: Walking In Beauty (song) Jay Begaye (artist) The Beauty Way (album)
Break 2 music: Evolution Revolution (song) Indigenous (artist) Circle (album)