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August 05, 2023 2023 ANNUAL MEETING

Perfecting Democracy: Pro Bono Opportunities and the State of Native American Voting Rights

Do you want to help perfect democracy and ensure voting rights for all? If so, watch our discussion on the current state of Native American voting rights and learn how you can volunteer to ensure voting rights for all. Our discussion is led by Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, clinical professor of law, Faculty Director of the Indian Legal Program, and Director of the Indian Legal Clinic at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Professor Bohnee shares specific pro bono opportunities to assist in ensuring and protecting Native American voting rights. We also identify national pro bono voting rights opportunities. If you would like to share pro bono voting rights opportunities in your state or locality, we also welcome you to the table. Learn more about getting involved on our Perfecting Democracy webpage.


  • Jacqueline De León  – Senior Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Patty Ferguson Bohnee – Director, Indian Legal Clinic, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Attorney, Sacks Tierney
  • Elizabeth M. Yang  – President, WStrong LLC; Chair, Elections and Voting Rights Committee, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law; Member, Task Force on Fair Elections and Voting Rights, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice


Organizations Focused on Voting Rights in Indian Country

Native American Rights Fund

Native American Voting Rights Project

National Native American Bar Association | NNABA will be organizing a Native Voting Rights Summit to coordinate Election Protection with Native Bars across the country.  

American Indian Voting, ACLU 

National Congress of American Indians Native Vote

Voter Education | Inter Tribal Council of Arizona

California Native Vote Project

New Mexico Native Vote

Rural Utah Project - Empowering Underrepresented Communities

Civic Engagement | Western Native Voice

Wisconsin Native Vote | Wisconsin Conservation Voices

Four Directions Native Vote

Native Vote Election Protection Opportunities

Arizona Native Vote – Election Protection Project ASU | Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
AZ Native Vote Hotline:  1-888-777-3831; Volunteer

Oklahoma Indian Bar Association – Election Protection Volunteer

New Mexico Native Vote Election Protection
Hotline and EP in Tribal Communities
Civic Engagement - Naeva

ABA Resolutions

20M112 Protecting Native American and Alaska Native voting rights

20M114 Voter Registration Addresses

Other Resources

REPORT: Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters

March 2022 Report of the Interagency Steering Group on Native American Voting Rights  

March 24, 2022 Native Americans Face More Barriers in Voting. The White House Suggests these Changes, NPR 

May 23, 2022 How Voter Suppression Laws Target Native Americans, Brennan Center for Justice 

January 30, 2022 Native Americans Feel Overlooked in Voting Rights Push, Axios

July 20, 2021 Voting for All Americans: Native Americans, National Conference of State Legislatures 

June 25, 2020 Overcoming Barriers for Native American Voters, American Experience, PBS 

February 9, 2020 How the Native American Vote Continues to be Suppressed, Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Human Rights Magazine, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice 

Business Meeting to consider H.R.1688 & Oversight Hearing on “Voting Matters in Native Communities” | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Restoring the Voting Rights Act: Protecting the Native American and Alaska Native Vote | The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Roundtable on "Voting Rights, Access, and Barriers in Indian Country" (webcast) | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs


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