In October 2018, the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) launched a national voter and civic engagement initiative targeting 17 urban American Indian communities across the country across the country representing nearly 850,000 Native people. This ambitious endeavor was critical for Urban American Indians, which make up over 65% of the total American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population in the U.S., but who are often not included or engaged in “get out of vote” and traditional civic engagement programs.
Weaving Our Web: The State of Digital Inclusion in Urban Indian America, released by the NUIFC with support from Internet Essentials from Comcast, is the first in a three-part series exploring the state of digital connectedness among Native Americans who reside in cities and urban population centers.
In 1948, Isleta Pueblo member Miguel Trujillo Sr. successfully fought for our right as Native Americans to vote within our state of New Mexico. Our great-grandparents and grandparents can recall and share stories of a time when they were prohibited to vote in local, state and federal elections, despite having resided on this land since time immemorial.