Voting Rights and Indigenous Peoples Morning Meeting
Thursday, October 14 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am
Indigenous Voting Rights At Risk Today
Black people in the US finally won citizenship in 1868 with the 14th Amendment. However, that law was interpreted to deny citizenship to Native people. Native Americans weren’t considered American citizens until half a century later, in 1924, with the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act.
The right to vote for Native Americans was even longer in coming. Since voting practices are regulated by the states, there was great variability across the country, and Native people had to fight state by state for this fundamental right of every citizen. The last state to grant voting rights was Utah in 1962.
Even with this achievement, Native people faced the same tactics that were used to keep Black people from voting: poll taxes, literacy tests, and violence.
Sen. Mary Kunesh will speak about Native Americans’ voting rights at risk today from state voter suppression laws across the country.
Sen. Mary Kunesh was elected to the MN House of Representatives, District 41B, in 2016 and elected to the Senate, District 41, in 2020. She is the first woman of Native descent to be elected a Minnesota Senator.
Sen. Kunesh is the daughter and granddaughter of members of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Tribe and is committed to supporting positive legislation for our American Indian and marginalized people in Minnesota. She is the author of the legislation and Chair of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task force in MN and the first in the nation, permanent office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives, in state government.
Senator Kunesh has served as an Assistant Majority Leader for the DFL House Caucus and currently sits on Education Policy, Forestry and Mining, and Redistricting committees. She retired from 25 years as a school library Media Specialist this past November 2020.
- Social time begins at 9:45 AM, presentations begin at 10:00 AM.
- This event is free and open to the public
- This meeting will be via Zoom. If you are a member you will receive the link on the day before. If you are not a member, please fill out the form to request the link to join