Voting Upholds Tribal Sovereignty

Published May 29, 2024

On June 2, 1924, the United States passed the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, which provided dual citizenship to members of federally recognized tribal nations. While its passing paved the way for additional protections for Native Americans, including the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, which reinstated tribal governments, it wouldn’t be until 1965 that Native Americans in all 50 states would be able to vote.

Senior Government Affairs Strategist Sara Jane Smallwood Cocke discusses how instrumental voting is in making our voices heard and upholding tribal sovereignty. On this 100th anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act, register to vote in your tribal, local, state, and federal elections including the upcoming presidential elections in November 2024.