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The Missing Native Vote

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A version of this article was first published in In These Times magazine and on billmoyers.com in June  2014. Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana (Stephanie Woodard) I t was mid-April 2014, and Montana was gearing up for the first round in this year’s mid-term elections. The primaries would get underway in Big Sky country on May 5, with thirty days of advance voting by absentee ballot—by mail or by delivering a ballot in person to county courthouses—leading up to Primary Day on June 3. If people hadn’t registered, they could head to the courthouse to do so.  But for Ed “Buster” Moore, from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in north-central Montana, it wasn’t so simple. To cast a ballot during the absentee-voting period, he would have to make a 126-mile round trip to the nearest courthouse, in Chinook. That’s about $21 worth of gas, not to mention the income that Moore, an artisan, would lose from taking time off from his work making hand drums, rawhid