North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks during the Tribal Unity Impact Days hosted by the National Congress of American Indians in Dirksen Building on September 12, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There are five federally recognized Tribes and one Native American community that fall within the borders of North Dakota. While numbers of Native voters are not enough to win an election completely, their support can decide a close race.

In the past, that support went toward helping Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Native rights advocates like the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) point to this support as the reason behind a new voter ID requirement in North Dakota.

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Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat, voted against newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, and she knows that choice has made her the most vulnerable Democrat in the Senate.

"It's been a tough week for me," said the legislator as she spoke to a crowd of her constituents in the reliably red state, pointing out that she wasn't raised "to vote a certain way so that I could win. They raised me to vote the right way." (That statement got her a standing ovation.)

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Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) announced on Thursday that she will not vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

"I will be voting against confirming U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court," Heitkamp said in a personal statement on Twitter.

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