PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - October 1, 2020 


Concern that Trump's Proud Boys comments could encourage "alt-right" groups; report finds key swing states went into manufacturing decline pre-pandemic.


2020Talks - October 1, 2020 


Experts are concerned about white supremacist violence leading up to the election. And, the Presidential Debate Commission says it plans to change rules after Trump's almost constant interruptions.

ND Group Hopes Personal Stories Inspire Native American Voters

The group North Dakota Native Vote is teaming up with RE-AMP to enhance digital outreach during the pandemic. (ndnativevote)
The group North Dakota Native Vote is teaming up with RE-AMP to enhance digital outreach during the pandemic. (ndnativevote)
July 14, 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. -- An outreach group in North Dakota wants to ensure Native American voters get attention in this election cycle, despite the pandemic. Volunteers are being asked to sign up for virtual training so they can inspire others with their own stories about voting.

Nicole Donaghy, executive director of North Dakota Native Vote, said normally, they would be knocking on doors and providing information about voting in the 2020 election. But with COVID-19 still a major health scare, they have to go a different route.

"Obviously, safety is our first priority. So, now we're working on a digital campaign so that people can come to us, and do it from the comfort of their own home," Donaghy said.

Donaghy's group is hosting a series of virtual training sessions that focus on storytelling, effective communication and canvassing. She said Native Americans still face many barriers to voting in North Dakota, and their advocates don't want to lose any of the progress they made in 2018, when they saw high turnout for the midterm election.

Information on how to register for the training is on the North Dakota Native Vote Facebook page.

Because Native American voters have been disenfranchised in a variety of ways, Donaghy said hearing inspirational stories from their own people can make a big difference.

"In the 2018 election, there was a gentleman that voted for his first time. He was 90-years-old - his daughter brought him to vote, he wanted to vote," she said. "You know, it's also inspiring to hear when people vote for the first time, why they decided to vote."

Donaghy cited the state's Voter-ID law as one of the barriers Native Americans still face. Even though the state reached a settlement with tribal leaders to reduce the impact of the law, it's still enforced. She said the lack of drop boxes for absentee ballots on reservations is another challenge.

Support for this reporting is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Mike Moen, Public News Service - ND