The United States federal government is divided into three branches: the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch. Each branch plays a different role in creating, implementing, enforcing, and interpreting laws. It’s important to learn how each branch works so we know how to best influence policy and advocate for our communities.
Click on each link below to learn more about what each branch does and how you can be an effective changemaker.
Young people can play an important role in advocating for our communities. Check out these resources to learn more about how the federal government works and how to be an effective advocate:
- Branches of the U.S. Government webpage by USA.gov
- Advocate for Indian Country webpage by the National Congress of American Indians
Author: Abaki Beck (Blackfeet and Red River Metis) is a freelance writer and public health researcher passionate about health equity in Native communities, particularly for justice-involved community members. She earned her Master’s in Public Health in 2020 and grew up in Montana.