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Arizona Native Voters Made the Difference in Flipping Arizona for Senator-Elect Mark Kelly,President

IMMEDIATE RELEASE| November 9th 2020

PHOENIX– The Arizona Indigenous People’s Caucus released the following statement after Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election:

“Despite a long history of voter suppression in our community, the power of Indigenous voters was on full display in Arizona this election cycle. The Native vote across Arizona was pivotal in electing Joe Biden and Mark Kelly and putting them over the top to win. And while the Navajo Nation came out overwhelmingly for Kelly and Biden, the collective power of all Arizona tribes clearly made a difference in helping to swing the election. As reported Thursday by the Navajo Times, the three counties that overlap with the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation gave Biden 73,954 votes, and just 2,010 for Trump, a rate of 97% for Biden as opposed to 51% statewide.

The right to vote has not always been a right granted to all Americans, especially for Native Americans. For decades Indigenous peoples have fought for the American right to vote, but didn’t achieve that until as recently as 1948, when two members of the Yavapai Indian Tribe won their Supreme Court case. We also acknowledge the groups who have been committed to advocating and protecting the right to vote for Indigenous Arizonans for years. As the 2020 election ends, we are grateful and proud of Indigenous Arizonans who took a stand against hate, bigotry and racism and were essential in flipping the White House.”

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