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Go Team ! Rez Uber' bringing voters to the polls on MN reservations

Rez Uber' bringing voters to the polls on MN reservations

Written By

Bailey VertinOct 23rd 2018 - 7pm.

A non-profit is making sure people from reservations get to the polls to vote.

The group has driven hundreds of miles in this colorful contraption over the past week.

"You know 20, 30 miles, or even 10 miles, sometimes even 3 miles is so far. We've got the 'Rez Uber', so let's take them," said Sarah LittleRedFeather.

The political party bus, or "Rez Uber", was driven by Sarah and her team from the Honor the Earth non-profit.

The idea sprang up when it was announced several reservations would not have a polling place during the November election- including White Earth, Callaway, and Pine Point.

"We're one of the last people to get that right to vote, so it's really frustrating, so for us to be one of the first people for them to take that away - it shows how the U-S government is trying to use it against us," said bus-rider Nina Berglund.

The group of 5 drives nearly 160 miles each day, picking people up and dropping them off at courthouses they can vote in, and then driving them back home.

All for free.

It's a journey of sacrifice that they say is worth it.

"I can feel my ancestors smiling behind me and it makes you feel really good because you're seeing the happiness," added Berglund.

Sarah's hope is that people will see the bus, read the pamphlets they pass out, and understand how important it is for people living on reservations to get out and vote this election.

"Even though we're sovereign governments, but we do work with other governments. So when it comes to the environment, health care, it all connects. So not only do we have a tribal government, but regular government affects us too," Little Redfeather said.

Bringing people out for the vote by literally bringing them out to the polls.

See the video

12- Days before Election Day Nov 6th
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12-days before Election Day MN

#PowWowTheVoteMN

#NativeVote

#RezUber

TODAY ON Oct. 24th REZ UBER WILL BE ON THE PINE POINT ROUTE TO BECKER COUNTY COURTHOUSE. You can register plus vote in person if you live in Becker County.

We will start ... leaving at 10:30am making our way.

First stop ...

  • Leave Chief’s Store on Pow Wow Hwy to the Ice Cracking on Hwy 35. We will hit the Ladaeu Road.

  • Hwy 35 to Hwy 143 at Strawberry Lake Store on Hwy 34 to White Earth. We will circle the village housing locations. Pull through the gas station. Approximately between 11:30-12 Noon

  • White Earth to Ogema to Hwy 59 into Callaway to take you to Becker County in Detroit Lakes.

Text or Call (218) 616-0984

https://www.powwowthevotemn.org/ourvoice/#rez-uber-1

We will do Becker County Again on

  • Friday 10/26

  • Monday 10/29

  • Wednesday 10/31

  • Friday 11/2

  • Monday 11/5

Tuesday 11/6 (Election Day) - will be making the routes of both Mahnomen and Becker Counties until polls close.

We have been posting our signs on intersections where our Rez Uber passes.

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You can’t miss us ... the REZ UBER 

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Nina Berglund, John Shimek, and Ava Mart explain why they are working the Rez Uber to help local communities to get out the vote.