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Engagement

Engagement

 

We are building a strong base of informed and engaged members ready to mobilize and create sustainable change through community action. Our civic engagement program emphasizes the need for everyone to fulfill their civic duty in all levels from school boards to county and statewide positions.

 

Our program includes voter registration, voter mobilization, Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activities, training on public narrative and mobilizing individuals to take action on issues important to them. Along with our allies, we work to increase the number of new registered voters, voter turnout, and engagement with elected officials.

 

Our robust GOTV program works to mobilize voters during early in-person voting and on election day. During early in-person voting we offer ballot pick up, drop off and replacement, rides to drop off ballots, and GOTV efforts during satellite election office hours. We canvass neighborhoods from the corners of our reservations to the centers of our cities. We help to protect the voter by conducting poll watching, providing information on voter rights and monitor policy that impacts voting access. All of our citizen engagement work is nonpartisan.

Public Service

We share information on the importance of civic participation, how and why to engage, and what we can accomplish by fulfilling our civic duty. Through community outreach and engagement, we increase participation in public service and amplify the Native voice by:

  • Providing intern and volunteer opportunities

  • Provide training on running for elected positions, such as, energy and school boards, tribal, city, county, state and federal positions

  • Facilitating appointments to boards and commissions

 

Community Organizing

Our culturally tailored community organizing model ensures Native Americans are engaged in decisions that affect their lives through year-round community organizing and citizen education. Our goal is to make voting a tradition in Native families and for them to realize that their vote counts and that their voice matters.

 

Training topics include:
  • Local and national history of Native voting rights​

  • Impacts of recent Native Vote accomplishments

  • National political landscape

  • Montana voter registration system, including satellite election office services and locations

  • Field training

  • Get Out the Vote (GOTV) strategies

  • Voter registration strategies

  • Engagement strategies

  • Power of the personal narrative

  • Election analysis

  • Mobilizing with social media  

  • Medicaid expansion impacts in Native communities

  • Public policy impacts in our communities

“Our engagement is critical to creating positive change in our families and communities,  from elections to implementation of laws.  

When we take part in choosing leaders who represent us, our leaders better reflect our values. Registering to vote is the first step in creating lasting change in our communities.”

~ Marci McLean

Executive Director

“I wasn’t born into politics or privilege and didn’t know a lot about organizing until I joined Western Native Voice a few years ago. I just knew I wanted to do something to make our communities a better place to live.

 

And that’s the same passion and motivation shared by all our organizers.”

~ Alissa Snow

Field Director/Lobbyist

During statewide election years Western Native Voice hires and trains community organizers to help mobilize the Native vote and educate citizens on the importance of our vote. Organizers are on the ground in the communities and meeting with community members. Each organizer is from the community in which they work, on occasion our team will travel to neighboring communities to help fellow organizers.

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During non statewide election years, our community engagement program transitions to local elections, community and house meetings, and presentations led by staff and local leaders. This outreach creates the opportunity to deepen and expand relationships with individuals, governments and others.

Events and updates can be found on Western Native Voice’s social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Regions Covered

  • Blackfeet

  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

  • Crow

  • Fort Belknap

  • Fort Peck

  • Northern Cheyenne

  • Rocky Boy

  • Billings

  • Great Falls

  • Missoula

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