Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez: Native Americans Helped Biden Win

By Scott Bourque
Published: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 6:24pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden is now President Elect Joe Biden after the race was called in his favor Saturday.

Biden can partly credit his win to impressive turnout among Indigenous Americans, especially those living in Arizona, who turned out in near-record numbers.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says this victory may not have been possible without strong Native outreach.

"This time around I said, you know what, let’s inspire, let's encourage the Native American vote all across the country," he said. "I appreciate meeting with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Phoenix, and had a dialogue, and I think those types of events really inspired the Native American voters to come out to the polls and cast their votes for change."

The events and outreach seemed to work: early estimates from the Navajo Times say the Navajo Nation voted for Biden by 97%.

“I reminded them, I said, 'Don’t take the tribal vote for granted,'" Nez said. "You can see overwhelmingly in these tribal nations, it went for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”

Nez said he looks forward to working with a Biden administration to bring much-needed change and Federal investment to the Navajo Nation. Nez is a Democratic Elector in Arizona — so if Joe Biden maintains his lead in Arizona and ends up winning the state, Nez will cast one of the state’s 11 electoral votes.

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