The Washington State Legislature is considering a Native American Voting Rights Act. Among other things it would ensure tribal IDs are valid at polling places. It also allows for alternative methods to listing physical addresses. The bill comes following concern about barriers to voting during the midterm elections in places like North Dakota where voters are required to provide a physical address rather than a post office box number in order to vote. We’ll hear about the Washington bill and also get updates on the status of other elections issues facing Native Americans.
Jacqueline De Leon (Isleta Pueblo) – staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund
Mathew Tomaskin (citizen of the Yakama nation) – Yakama Nation legislative liaison
Yvette Joseph (member of the Colville Tribe) – elected precinct committee officer in Spokane County, state committee person with the Washington State Democrats for the 6th legislative district and vice chair for the Native American Caucus of the Washington State Democrats
Break 1 Music: Itchick (Tim Yellowtail’s Song) (song) Supaman (artist) Illuminatives (album)
Break 2 Music: Umumutayayata (Rolling Thunder) (song) Clark Tenakhongva (artist) Öngtupqa (album)