American Indian tribal government support of office-seekers: Findings from the 1994 election

Jeff J. Corntassel, Richard C. Witmer

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How and why do American Indian tribal governments support political office-seekers? Using results from an extensive survey of tribal governments in Arizona and Oklahoma, our findings suggest that issues, rather than cultural ties or political party affiliation, are the primary impetus for American Indian tribal government support of candidates. Additionally, we examine several ways in which American Indians support candidates for office other than voting. This includes official endorsement, financial contributions, get out the vote efforts (GOTV), and volunteering for a candidate. Ultimately, our findings begin to uncover how and why American Indian tribal governments seek to influence the political process in the current era of evolving "government-to-government" relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-525
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Science Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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