The 2019 Legislator Scorecard is NOW AVAILABLE!
Western Native Voice is proud to release the 2019 Legislator Scorecard for the 66th assembly of the Montana legislature.
This guide is meant to educate everyone on how Representatives and Senators in the Montana legislature voted on important legislation for Indian Country.
Our guide also addresses myths about state policy and how it impacts Native Americans both on and off reservation. We also celebrate and highlight the Native American elected officials who served their communities during the 2019 legislative session.
Please click on the image to access the full 2019 Legislator Scorecard of the Montana legislature.
Western Native Voice's advocacy program is centered on equality, social justice, economic justice, environmental justice, protecting Native American rights and tribal sovereignty.
We ensure the Native voice is part of public policy, from creation to implementation. We focus on an array of issues, determined by the communities we serve, including, but not limited to, language and cultural preservation, suicide prevention, tribal sovereignty, voting rights, access to quality healthcare, quality education, and quality affordable foods.
We have a strong Native presence at the Montana State Legislature. Staff and members engage in holding elected officials accountable to adequately addressing our issues. We rely on member communication tactics and relationships with Native and non-Native allies, including tribal governments and tribal colleges. Our success is only as strong as our members.
We hold citizen action training and invite members to hearings and action days. We help individuals become comfortable and confident in their ability to hold discussions and interactions with allies, leaders, elected officials and others.
Goals of the Advocacy Program:
● Build support for Native issues with allies and partners
● Inform Native constituents
● Communicate regularly with legislative leaders
● Track votes on targeted bills impacting Indian Country
● Work to increase funding for Native communities and organizations
● Support legislation that improves the lives of Native American families and oppose legislation that attacks the rights of Montanans
● Advance the Native perspective at all levels of policy making and state and federal budget allocation
● Partner with the Montana American Indian Caucus and other elected officials
“Our engagement is critical to creating positive change in our families and communities, from elections to implementation of laws.
~ Marci McLean
“What guides our work is the direct action of tribal community members to create and implement change from their families to the policy level.”
“The community change that is desired needs to come from the voices of those who are directly impacted by the policies.”
~Western Native Voice Board Members