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Today, IllumiNative, Native Organizers Alliance, and the Center for Native American Youth released results from the Indigenous Futures Survey (IFS), the largest and most comprehensive survey of Native peoples ever conducted. A total of 6,460 Indigenous peoples from all 50 states representing 401 Tribes participated in this groundbreaking survey. 

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Conducted in partnership with our Native-led research team at the Universities of Michigan and California, Berkeley, the survey sought to understand the priorities, needs, and perspectives of Natives peoples on several key issues such as COVID-19, the presidential election, and systemic racism. The community-driven data from the survey provides key insights into the motivations, experiences, and changing beliefs of Native communities to correct inaccurate portrayals and misconceptions of Tribal communities.

The timely reports issued today on “The Impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples” and “From Protests to the Ballot Box and Beyond: Building Indigenous Power,” provide critical data on the direct impact of COVID-19 on Native communities and key findings dispel the narrative that the Native electorate is inconsistent and unengaged. Native voters’ top priorities are improving mental health, increasing access to quality healthcare, and preventing violence against Native women, girls, and LGBTQ+.

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We would like to express our immense gratitude to the research team who worked tirelessly on this project:

  • Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg (Tulalip), University of Michigan
  • Dr. Arianne E. Eason, University of California, Berkeley
  • J. Doris Dai, University of Washington
  • Julisa J. Lopez (Amah Mutsun), University of Michigan
  • Jamie Yellowtail (Northern Cheyenne and Crow), University of Michigan
  • Ariana Munoz-Salgado, University of Michigan
  • Emma Ward-Griffin, University of California, Berkeley

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