Why Every Elder Vote Counts
Watch the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) and AARP as we prepare for an historic United States presidential election. In October 2020, NICOA held a live, national webinar about “Why Every Elder Vote Counts”. If you missed it, you can still watch it here.
Learn about the history of American Indian and Alaska Native voting rights, hear from AARP on voter engagement, learn ways you can vote safely, reflect on the barriers facing Native people and what can be done to overcome them.
Discussions on the importance of advocacy, data, census, and financial security wrap up an information packed three-hour session. Arm yourself with strategies to make your vote count during this pivotal period in our history.
Featured speakers include Jacqueline De León, a staff attorney at Native American Rights Fund and member of the Isleta Pueblo, and Charmaine S. Fuller Cooper, the South Region AARP campaigns field manager and campaign liaison on multicultural voter engagement efforts focusing on American Indian and Alaska Native and African American audiences.
NICOA Executive Director and Navajo Nation member Larry Curley is also a featured speaker; along with Rebecca Owl Morgan, NICOA project coordinator and a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Cheryl Archibald, executive assistant to NICOA’s executive director; Sue Chapman, director of NICOA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP); Leslie Nicole Maly, NICOA’s SCSEP compliance manager; and NICOA Data Analyst Desiree Lapaphie (Navajo Nation).
Learn about the history of American Indian and Alaska Native voting and the trailblazers who fought for it, as told by National Indian Council on Aging Project Director Rebecca Owl Morgan (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians). Discover the roots of American democracy and the reality of voting rights today.
Jacqueline De León, an attorney from the Native American Rights Fund, discusses the contemporary obstacles that American Indians currently face during the voting process. She details the findings from her report, “Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation faced by Native American Voters”, which include voter ID laws, non-traditional mailing addresses, redistricting, isolation, poverty, disenfranchisement, racism and more.
Make sure you know how you can vote safely, and all your voting options. Listen to Charmaine Fuller Cooper, AARP’s South Region campaign field manager and liaison on multicultural voter engagement efforts, on how to protect voters over 50.
Data Analyst Desiree Lapahie (Navajo Nation) talks about how data can be used and what types of stories it can tell us. The Census provides some of the most critical data. Cheryl Archibald, executive assistant to the executive director of the National Indian Council on Aging, talks about its importance and how it affects Indian Country.
Find out how Social Security works, how it affects your retirement benefits, eligibility requirements, Medicare, Medigap plans, tax updates, filing status and requirements, and more. Listen to Cheryl Archibald, executive assistant to the executive director of the National Indian Council on Aging, discuss financial security for elders.
Learn how to get involved in the tribal, state and federal issue affecting your community, and the many ways you can make your voice heard. National Indian Council on Aging Compliance Manager Leslie Maly shares how to locate elected leaders so you can take action.
Older Americans Act
Executive Director Larry Curley discusses the long and inspiring process of lobbying for the groundbreaking amendment to Title VI of the Older Americans Act to provide direct funding for American Indian tribes to support their elders.