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Native Vote Alliance announces 2008 'Get Out the Native Vote' kickoff event, golf fund raiser

Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota announces its 2008 Get Out the Native Vote kickoff event and golf outing sponsored by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota announces its 2008 Get Out the Native Vote kickoff event and golf outing sponsored by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Both events are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Black Bear Golf Club, Carlton. The golf outing begins with registration at 7:15 a.m. The 2008 Get Out the Native Vote kickoff event is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Plans will be announced during the kickoff event to get native voters statewide to the polls in record numbers during the November 2008 election.

"Voting in every election has become one of the most important tools for American Indians, to protect our sovereignty and to ensure Native issues are addressed at all levels of government," said NVAM Board Chair Judy Hanks.

Native voters turned out in record numbers in 2004 thanks to a comprehensive "get out the vote" statewide plan. Their votes were the determining factor in several races in Minnesota and across the nation.

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Proceeds from the golf fund raiser will support Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota's get out the vote activities including voter registration and mobilization, candidate forums, election protection, issues analysis, and implementation of a comprehensive media campaign on the importance of voting.

Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota's message, "We Vote! To Honor Our Children, Our Future" will be seen on billboards, banners and in newspapers across Minnesota.

For more information on the event and to register for the golf outing, contact NVAM Executive Director Sally Fineday at 218-339-6206 or go to www.nativevotemn.org .

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