With a recent Supreme Court decision that overwhelmingly affects Native American voters in North Dakota, many native organizations have teamed up with Dave Matthews, Mark Ruffalo and native entertainers to host a free Stand-N-Vote concert at Prairie Knights Casino in Cannon Ball, N.D., on Saturday.
On site, tribal officials will be providing IDs and enrollment papers that will allow tribal citizens to vote. After the concert, Stand-N-Vote events will be held at other reservations across North Dakota, featuring Mark Ruffalo and others to further drive voter turnout and help people get new IDs.
The full event will be live-streamed on the organization’s official website.
Native American organizations also launched the Stand-N-Vote initiative with a PSA video that outlines the importance of tribal citizens voting in the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 6. The video, led by native comedian Auntie Beachress, features Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley and others as they discuss the impact voting has on native nations.
Guests of all backgrounds and ages come to Beachress’ comfy couch to ask questions about voting and how it affects everyone, especially Native Americans. “Why should we even care about these elections? We’re sovereign,” asks a young guest, referring to native tribes. Beachress confidently replies: “What happens in these states affects sovereignty. You want to stay sovereign? Then vote.”
“I’m just not really that into politics,” says another one of Beachress’ guests. “Health care, Medicare, environmental issues, clean water, our SNAT, our EBT,” Beachress says, listing only some of the things affected by voting.
Check out the PSA video below: