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.
Rodman Wanamaker photo
Indian Conference Adopts Resolutions The Tomahawk. (White Earth, Becker County, Minn.), 30 June 1921
Indian Citizenship Tested The Alaska Fisherman. (Juneau, Alaska), 15 Jan. 1924
Native American Voting Rights Act 21st century
Congress Granted Citizenship to All Native Americans Born in the U.S. from America’s Library
Citizenship and Suffrage for Native Americans In Custodia Legis September 25, 2020
Tohono O’odham Citizenship Act legislation from 2001, 2003, 2013