Illuminatives Celebrate the Power of the Native Vote! – UNITY, Inc.

Illuminatives Celebrate the Power of the Native Vote!

The fierce determination of Native peoples and all our relatives to be seen, heard, and counted in this election powered historic change.

Native peoples voted in record numbers and we had a decisive impact. Because of your support, our #NativesVote campaign, organized in partnership with Native Organizers Alliance, helped inspire and mobilize this historic Native voter turn-out across the country and in key states including Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

To learn more about the Native electorate, voting behavior, civic engagement and Native peoples’ priority issues, please see our newly released Indigenous Futures Survey report, “From Protest to the Ballot Box and Beyond: Building Indigenous Power.”

The #NativesVote campaign brought Native artists and storytellers together with Native thought leaders, organizers and influencers to activate the tremendous power of the Native electorate. The campaign:

  • Partnered with 28 Native artists to produce 71 pieces of artwork, including 21 community murals, that engaged more than half a million people across social media and in neighborhoods around the country.
  • Produced a line of #NativesVote t-shirts, masks, tote bags, and Voter Kits in collaboration with acclaimed Native fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail and Native artist Stephen Paul Judd that lit up social media and were distributed to Native communities across the country.
  • Deployed more than 60 field organizers to Native communities in 9 targeted states and registered thousands of new Native voters.
  • Provided voting resources through our #NativesVote website and hosted two virtual town halls to help Native peoples learn how to register, make a voting plan, and understand the importance of their vote.

Along with unprecedented Native voter turn-out, historic numbers of Native peoples ran and were elected to local, statewide and national office in this election! More Native women ran for House and Senate seats in this election than in any other. Six Native Americans will serve in the U.S. Congress next term. Dozens of Native candidates were elected to statewide offices, legislatures, and the courts, from Kansas to Wyoming to Arizona.