North Dakota Native American voter turnout not as high compared to the rest of the country’s native populations

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There was a huge turnout amongst Native American communities, across the country, in this years general election. But that was not the case in North Dakota.

Three counties, that hold three reservations saw less than 50 percent of people voting in this years presidential election.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe had a significantly less turnout than they did in 2016.

KX spoke with the Executive Director of ND Native vote who says this year brought on many obstacles but they will continue to work to bring awareness.

“Every level of government is important and we need to be represented there. And so it’s important we stay involved and we stay educated and we stay in the know,” said Nicole Donaghy, the Executive Director for ND Native Vote.

In the past, voting awareness organizations would drive others to polling locations but with COVID restrictions in place this year that was not an option.

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