NEW: An analysis by Common Cause Oregon, Tribal Democracy Project, and the National Congress of American Indians investigates the impact of this redistricting cycle on American Indian/Alaska Native communities & Tribal Nations across the country. Based on our findings, we make the following recommendations to improve the process:
- Resource Native-led organizing — early and often — throughout both the Census and redistricting processes.
- Ensure a timely Census process that accurately captures Native populations.
- Recognize tribal sovereignty and legally enshrine the following in redistricting processes:
- Conduct extensive outreach to Tribal Nations with regard to physical, digital, and language accessibility.
- Facilitate and provide resources for a process that gives Tribal Nations the option of selecting at least one redistricting commissioner.
- If Tribal Nations choose to forego option B, require a representative from Tribal Nations in the decision-making room and/or require Tribal Nations’ input as to the selection of redistricting commissioners.
- Ensure Tribal and Native Community input in the redistricting process.
- Expand broadband access.
Full report to come soon!