Native America Calling (NAC) and National Native News (NNN) covered the campaigns and key issues in the 2014 elections across Indian Country.
NAC brought together grassroots organizers, voters and community members to talk about voting rights, access to the polls and key issues for Native voters this year. In July, we discussed the impact of the 2013 Supreme Court decision Shelby County v. Holder, which threw out key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In August, we learned about voter registration campaigns and in September the program followed up with coverage of efforts to turn out the Native Vote in 2014. In September, the program also highlighted tribal elections across the countyr.
NNN featured the work of four reporting fellows to covered elections issues in Alaska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Northeastern states. NNN newscasts featured reporting from these fellows and other reporters who documented the impact of the elections across Indian Country.