Michigan tribes are hoping more of their members turn up to the polls on November 4.
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is part of the Native Vote initiative of the National Congress of American Indians. The tribe has been helping its members get registered and informing them of their rights — including the right to vote with a tribal identification card. “I look at this as a federal identification, like a passport when you go across to Canada,” spokesperson Joe Sowmick told The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun. “This is considered a valid ID that is recognized by the state and the federal government.
Su Lantz, a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, is the NCAI Native voter coordinator for the state. “In Indian country, we’ve done a lot to get the vote out,” she told the paper.
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Tribe looks to boost voting (The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun 10/27)