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Natives carve out new role in politics


November 6, 2020

(Photo courtesy of Holly Cook Macarro)

Tuesday's election brought out 63 percent of eligible voters, lower than the 81.8 percent high of 1876 but more than the 50 to 60 percent range of recent elections. It exceeded expectations.

That isn't the only change from years past. Final results are still being tallied, but enough races have been called to show voters are sending six Native candidates to Congress, a record number.

Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Band of Ojibwe, a partner in the lobbying firm Spirit Rock Consulting, said Natives are carving out a new role for themselves.


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