Staying in play: Indian Country finds ways to vote


Ballots disinfected and ready for delivery, Elsie Rides At The Door, 56, and her son Cobe Rides At The Door, 18, have their portrait taken at their home in Browning. Despite pandemic safety orders that have restricted travel and activity across the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, get-out-the-vote organizers have stayed busy collecting ballots and registering new voters this fall.

Janie Osborne for the Missoulian Rob Chaney

ARLEE — As Election Day 2020 approaches within nine days, does a blizzard coming south out of Canada count as international interference?

The threat of record-setting cold on Saturday canceled plans for a voter registration event and taco feed on the Arlee Pow Wow Grounds. Nevertheless, the success of a similar outreach effort last week in Hot Springs convinced organizers it was worth rescheduling.

“At Hot Springs last week, there was a guy who waited in line on a moped,” said Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Get Out The Vote worker Mariah Camel. “It was raining a torrential downpour and starting to freeze, but he was determined to get registered to vote.”

“Sometimes you need to take two or

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