Dr. Joseph C. Robertson, founder of Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC, with Western Native Voice’s Executive Director Ronnie Jo Horse.

GIS-powered app revolutionizes Native voter engagement and rural infrastructure in Montana

Western Native Voice (WNV) is at the forefront of a groundbreaking initiative to mobilize Native voters across Montana through the launch of their innovative new app. Designed to bridge the gap between community organizers and Native voters, this app promises to revolutionize voter engagement efforts while also addressing critical infrastructure needs in rural areas.

At the heart of this initiative lies a commitment to amplify Native voices in the democratic process. Dr. Joseph C. Robertson, founder of Mato Ohitika Analytics LLC, has played a pivotal role in the development of this app, leveraging his expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to create a powerful tool for voter outreach and engagement.

One of the key features of the app is its ability to facilitate voter outreach efforts in remote and rural areas. By leveraging GIS technology, WNV community organizers can now overcome geographical challenges and connect with Native voters regardless of their location. This is particularly crucial in Montana, where rural communities often face logistical hurdles when it comes to accessing voter information and resources.

Moreover, the app goes beyond traditional voter engagement strategies by incorporating a feature to assist with 911 addressing in rural areas. This dual-purpose functionality underscores WNV’s holistic approach to community empowerment, addressing not only political participation but also critical infrastructure needs that directly impact the daily lives of Native peoples.

By harnessing the power of technology, WNV is paving the way for greater Native representation in Montana’s political landscape. Through this app, Native voters have a platform to make their voices heard, shaping policies and decisions that impact their communities for years to come.

As we look ahead to the upcoming elections, the launch of WNV’s app marks a significant milestone in the ongoing fight for Native rights and representation. It serves as a beacon of hope, signaling a future where every voice, regardless of background or location, has the opportunity to shape the course of our democracy.