Get Out The Native Vote is a non-partisan effort in Alaska to mobilize Alaska Native and American Indian voters
Get Out The Native Vote (GOTNV) is intended to establish permanent, nonpartisan, civic engagement and political awareness within our communities. We strive to strengthen the Alaska Native leadership capacity and involvement at the Tribal, village, regional, state and national levels. Get Out The Native Vote empowers Alaska Native people by amplifying our voices through increased voter registration, turnout, and participation in all aspects of our community’s civic life. We want to ensure Alaska Native people and Alaska residents exercise the right to vote on Election Day.
GOTNV became a Cook Inlet Tribal Council affiliate in 2020. Previously, it was under the ANCSA Regional Association umbrella. GOTNV was founded with the belief that the right to vote is a fundamental component of a healthy democracy. GOTNV’s roots are in working to ensure every eligible Alaskan is registered to vote, and in removing barriers that prevent registered voters from casting their ballots. GOTNV endeavors that every Alaskan, regardless of background, engage in the civic process at the local and state level. Through nonpartisan outreach and education, has worked to remind low-propensity voters about upcoming elections and promote absentee voting.
GOTNV BOARD MEMBERS
Gloria O’Neill, President/CEO, CITC
Liz Medicine-Crow, President/CEO, First Alaskans Institute
Barbara Donatelli, CIRI Senior Vice President, CIRI
Ivan Encelewski, Board Chair, CITC
“Too often, local, state and federal governments make decisions that affect every citizen, often without Native people at the table. It’s important that we exercise our rights, make our voices heard, and continue the fight for equality that so many Alaska Native leaders have pushed forward. We can do this by promoting civic engagement and Alaska Native leadership at all levels of government.”
GOTNV was featured at AFN in October 2020. Check out the video here: