Luján Applauds Biden Administration’s Call to Pass Native American Voting Rights Legislation
Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) applauded President Biden’s call to pass his signature voting rights legislation – the Native American Voting Rights Act (NAVRA). Introduced earlier this Congress, this legislation will protect the sacred right to vote and ensure equal access to the electoral process for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and voters living on Tribal lands.
President Biden’s urging comes as the Biden administration released a new report chronicling the barriers that Native American voters often have to overcome and provides recommended actions. The recommendations include the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which includes NAVRA, and the Freedom to Vote Act.
“This report released by the Biden administration makes it clear that Congress must protect access to the ballot box for Native American voters. Native communities face linguistic, geographic, and legal barriers to exercise their right to vote – effectively undermining the democratic process. This must stop, and Congress can change it,” said Luján, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. “I applaud President Biden for making Native American voting rights a priority, which includes passing the Native American Voting Rights Act. I look forward to working with the Biden administration and my Senate colleagues to deliver on this promise.”