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Oct. 20, 2004

Talk Explores Native American And Latino Voting Impact On Election

Experts will explore the impact that voting by Native Americans and Latinos has had on the United States throughout history -- and the impact it can have as the 2004 presidential election draws near -- as part of a panel discussion "Making It Count: Native American and Latino Voting Impact on the 2004 Election" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, on the University of Iowa campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the auditorium of the Becker Communication Studies Building, 25 S. Madison St., and will feature Judy Hanks, a consultant to the Mille Lacs band of Ojibwe and head of Minnesota's statewide "Get Out the Native Vote Campaign," and UI Political Science Associate Professor Gary Segura.

The talk is part of the Latino and Native American Alumni Alliance's third annual reunion, LaNA-3, which runs Oct. 21-24 on the UI campus, and it is being sponsored by the UI Staff Council, Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Opportunity at Iowa.

During the panel discussion, Hanks will talk about the history and importance of the native vote, issues and candidates and grass roots organizing. A Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe member, Hanks currently coordinates special projects for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and provides assistance with public relations and administrative matters. She has served tribal governments, Indian organizations, and Indian education for more than 25 years. In 2003, she established a public relations company called Native PR.

Segura will talk about voting issues and trends for Latino populations. His research focuses on issues of political representation, especially congressional elections, public opinion, the capabilities of citizens and the mobilization of oppressed and/or minority groups within a society. He is particularly interested in the accessibility of government and politics to America's growing Latino minority.

Other meetings and activities are planned as part of the LaNA-3, including an art exhibit, potluck, an alumni-student networking reception, music, poetry, panel discussions, and a Hawkeye Tailgate Party are among the planned activities. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact Opportunity at Iowa at 319-335-0591.

For information about more LaNA-3 events, see or visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Adele Lozano, Opportunity at Iowa, 319-335-3555,