Catalysts of Democracy: Celebrating Indigenous Voting Rights in Montana

June 2, 2024 @ 4:00 pm
@ 9:00 pm

 

We are thrilled to invite you to Catalysts of Democracy: Celebrating Indigenous Voting Rights in Montana, hosted by the ACLU of Montana!

WHEN: Sunday, June 2, 2024
Doors open at 4:00 PM, with programming from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

WHERE: The Wilma Theater, 131 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT, 59802

WHAT: This free event will include food, fun, a live DJ, a screening of a mini-documentary about Indigenous voting rights, and more!

June 2, 2024 marks 100 years since the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act, and the beginning of a storied history of Native voting rights within the United States. As we reflect on the past 100 years, we recognize the incredible barriers and challenges that Indigenous communities have faced, particularly here in Montana, and honor the resilience to overcome. Looking forward to this election cycle and beyond, we are excited to continue building power across Indian Country and hope you join us.

What began as a modest celebration has evolved into something much larger. We're thrilled to share that we'll also be hosting and relaunching the ACLU of Montana’s Jeannette Rankin Awards, which acknowledges individuals and organizations who demonstrate the strength of character and commitment to principles exemplified by Jeannette Rankin–ACLU's first vice president in the 1920's–and embodied in ACLU's mission and vision.

The ACLU of Montana will honor the remarkable efforts of the 2023 American Indian Caucus members by presenting each member with the Jeanette Rankin Award. We are honored to celebrate the dedication of these Indigenous lawmakers who fought tirelessly to advance the rights of Indigenous communities within Montana during the 2023 Montana legislative session.  

In addition to the award ceremony, we are proud to present a special screening of the ACLU of Montana's mini-documentary: "Indigenous Voting Rights in Montana." The film examines the Western Native Voice v. Jacobsen case, highlighting a crucial 2022 victory against a slew of state laws that threatened to severely limit/restrict access to voting for Indigenous communities located on rural reservations across the state.