Today in History–June 2–the Library of Congress features the Indian Citizenship Act, enacted on this date in 1924. The act finally granted official U.S. citizenship to to all Native Americans born in the U.S. But because voting rights were governed by state law, some Native American citizens were barred from voting in political elections until 1957. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources related to Indian, or Native American, citizenship and voting.
Congress Granted Citizenship to All Native Americans Born in the U.S. from America’s Library
Rodman Wanamaker photo
“Indian Conference Adopts Resolutions” The Tomahawk. (White Earth, Becker County, Minn.), 30 June 1921.
Tohono O’odham Citizenship Act legislation from 2001, 2003, 2013