The Native Vote in Montana

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The Native Vote in Montana

Native Americans make up less than one percent of the U.S. electorate. A tiny demographic slice. But even that small number has the potential to make a difference in a Western state like Montana. Native Americans make up about 8 percent of Montana, roughly 6.5 percent of all voters. A number that has been increasing since 2004. The Native American vote has become an important part of the electorate, helping to elect a governor, and six years ago, Senator Jon Tester. He won that election by only a fraction and he credits the Native American vote for his win.

Written by Mark Trahant.

Interviews conducted and edited by Mark Trahant.

 
 

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A provocative film from the American Indian perspective that reframes today’s controversial energy debate while the fate of the environment hangs in the balance.

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Complement classroom discussion about America's energy future with this film, and help students comprehend the debate about the best use of natural resources.