“We the Indian People must be governed by principles in a democratic manner with the right to choose our way of life. Since our Indian culture is threatened by the presumption of being absorbed by the American society we believe we have the responsibility of preserving our precious heritage. We believe that Indians must provide the adjustment and thus freely advance with dignity to a better life.” excerpt from The Declaration of Indian Purpose.
Despite this call to arms to protect our way of life, one in three eligible Native voters in Alaska remains unregistered. If all Native people voted during a normal turnout year, approximately 25% of the electorate at the polls would be Native. This voting bloc could be more powerful than the Republican, Democratic and non-partisan vote. What are we waiting for?