Montana Democrats hire native vote director; prepare for victory in Indian Country
HELENA - When it comes to their voice and their vote, Montana Democrats are standing with Indian Country.
The Montana Democratic Party has hired Amy Croover as director of the Native Vote Program. Croover is a member of the Ho-Chunk Winnebago Tribe and has vast experience working in Montana politics.
“As a country and as a state, we’ve moved the needle in the right direction when it comes to our cherished Native American communities and culture, but more work needs to be done,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party.“We’re thrilled to have Amy join our team and know she’s going to help elevate the voices of Native Americans this election and put Democrats in office who are committed to Indian Country.”
Croover comes to the Montana Democrats most recently from Portland where she worked as a policy coordinator for Metro. But prior to that, the Salish Kootenai College graduate worked on Sen. Jon Tester’s campaign in 2006 and spent the next seven years as his Native American Liaison. Her bachelor’s degree is in environmental science and she is finishing her master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University.
“I jumped at the chance to be part of the team that elects Denise Juneau as this country’s first Native American woman to Congress,” Croover said. “I believe when Democrats govern, Indian Country wins.”
Croover said with Democratic leadership there have been significant gains in the areas of federal legislation for the permanent re-authorization Indian Healthcare Improvement Act, the passage of the Violence Against Women Act and other issues, despite Republicans like Congressman Ryan Zinke opposing these important reforms. At the statewide level, under Gov. Steve Bullock’s leadership and Juneau as Superintendent of Public Instruction, funding has been approved for the Montana Indian Language Preservation program, graduation rates have improved and more.
“Unlike the Republican Party, Montana Democrats are investing in a permanent native vote program coordinator who will elect candidates that will pass policies to strengthen Native communities and tribal sovereignty, uphold trust responsibilities and foster economic development opportunities,” Keenan said.
Croover has already hit the ground running and is busy hiring field organizers across Indian Country who will get voters registered and spread the message of well-qualified, hard-working Democratic candidates from the White House to the Montana House.
“When Indian Country votes, Democrats win,” Croover added.