Opinion | Politicians ignore the Native American vote, and it can cost them

Key battleground states, like Arizona, Wisconsin and North Carolina, experienced the power of Indigenous activism and ballots.

11/27/2020 9:36:00 PM

Opinion | Julian NoiseCat: In the 2020 election, Native American voters played a crucial role. It's time to recognize that. - NBCNewsTHINK

Key battleground states, like Arizona, Wisconsin and North Carolina, experienced the power of Indigenous activism and ballots.

Sharon Chischilly / The New York Times via Redux PicturesNov. 27, 2020, 9:32 AM UTCByJulian Brave NoiseCat, vice president of policy and strategy at Data for ProgressOn Election Night,CNN broadcast a tableshowing the results of an exit poll that broke the national electorate down into racial demographics. It read: White — 65 percent, Latino — 13 percent, Black — 12 percent, Something else — 6 percent, Asian — 3 percent. Almost immediately, that second-to-last category,"Something Else," provoked an online uproar among the digital denizens of Indian Country.

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In this grand scramble for votes in elections that are increasingly decided by razor-thin margins, Native people are almost always overlooked or forgotten.We were outraged that CNN had, rather clumsily, grouped the First Peoples of this land in with — well, literally everyone else."In an election largely driven by race, the media still fails to accurately cover voters of color," Cherokee activist Rebecca Nagle

tweetedalongside a photo of the segment."For Native Americans, we're not even named."Nearly every post on the Indigenous internet was, for a hot minute, contributing to the"Something Else" discourse."Last night I went to bed Indigenous," said headtopics.com

@kevin_flyingskyon TikTok."And this morning I woke up something else!" Someone on Facebook posted a screenshot of the CNN table with"Something Else" crossed out and"Cousins" written in, instead. I even joined in, changing my name on Twitter to, you guessed it, Something Else.

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