indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
The University of Tulsa College of Law - Master's in Indian Law
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
DOJ to consult tribes about polling locations in Indian Country

Filed Under: National | Politics
More on: 113th, alaska, doj, eric holder, heidi heitkamp, jon tester, ncai, scia, senate, voting rights
     

The Department of Justice will consult tribes about legislation to place polling stations in every tribal community.

American Indians and Alaska Natives must often travel long distances to cast their votes. Local stations will make it easier for tribal members to exercise one of their basic rights.

"As a nation, we cannot, and we will not, simply stand by as the voices of Native Americans are shut out of the democratic process," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message to the National Congress of American Indians on Monday. I am personally committed to working with tribal authorities – and with Congress – to confront disparities and end misguided voting practices once and for all.”

The message was followed by a speech by Tony West, the associate attorney general at DOJ. He was in Anchorage, Alaska, to participate in NCAI's mid-year conference.

"We seek formal consultation on a proposal that would give American Indian and Alaska Natives a polling place in their community, somewhere to cast their ballots and ensure their voices are heard -- something most other citizens already take for granted," West told tribal leaders, according to his prepared remarks.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, introduced S.2399, the Native Voting Rights Act, last month to protect voting rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives. One provision would prevent the closure of polling locations if it reduces the ability to vote.

"The right to vote is one of the most fundamental rights we have as American citizens," Tester said in a press release yesterday. "It's unacceptable that so many Native Americans face significant obstacles to exercising this right. I'm pleased the Department of Justice is looking at this issue and I look forward to working with them to pass my bill to protect the right to vote in Indian Country."

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is a co-sponsor of the bill. She supports DOJ's proposal to create more voting locations in Indian Country.

“After spending time in Indian Country, including in North Dakota, Attorney General Holder today put forth real solutions to make sure equality extends to our reservations. I’m pushing for action in the Senate and I also look forward to helping the Administration implement its proposal," Heitkamp said in a press release. "We should all be able to agree that our voting system should make it simpler, not more difficult, for Americans to choose their elected officials.”

Get the Story:
Justice Department says states, nation must improve voting access for Natives (The Anchorage Daily News 6/10)
Tribal leaders welcome voting access plan (AP 6/9)
Lawmakers Address the Challenge of Native Voting Practices (KTUU 6/9)
Justice Department to work with tribes to enhance voting access (APRN 6/9)
National Congress of American Indians meets in Anchorage (KTVA 6/9)

Related Stories:
National Congress of American Indians hosts midyear in Alaska (6/9)


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising session (6/24)
Tribes in northern California take action to protect salmon runs (6/24)
Aaron Payment re-elected as chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe (6/24)
Gun Lake Tribe hosts annual Sweet Grass Moon Powwow in July (6/24)
Native Sun News: First Native hockey referee 'Butchy' passes on (6/24)
Delphine Red Shirt: Lakota people denied voting rights on our land (6/24)
Ruth Hopkins: Saving sacred Bear Butte from a massive biker bar (6/24)
Terese Mailhot: Becoming a better ally after the Orlando shooting (6/24)
April Youpee-Roll: Elizabeth Warren owes more to Indian Country (6/24)
Another land-into-trust fix reportedly being drafted in the Senate (6/24)
Federal charges filed in kidnapping of girl on Fort Peck Reservation (6/24)
Non-Indian charged for trespassing at Nambe Pueblo in New Mexico (6/24)
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe warned not to launch marijuana operation (6/24)
Eastern Shawnee Tribe breaks ground on $34M expansion at casino (6/24)
Non-Indian gaming firm loses challenge to law for new tribal casino (6/24)
Grand Ronde Tribes to finish demolition work at site of old racetrack (6/24)
Supreme Court deadlocks in closely-watched tribal jurisdiction case (6/23)
Matthew Fletcher: 'Huge win' for Mississippi Choctaw court system (6/23)
Native American Basketball Invitational draws top talent to Arizona (6/23)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe almost done with long-awaited theater (6/23)
Susanville Rancheria thanks lawmakers for help with land-into-trust (6/23)
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on three bills (6/23)
Supreme Court backs affirmative action policy in long-running case (6/23)
Native Sun News: Senate committee takes on Indian Health Service (6/23)
Mark Trahant: A Republican plan to terminate Indian Health Service (6/23)
James Giago Davies: Welfare for corporations but nothing for tribes (6/23)
Peter d'Errico: Justice Clarence Thomas critiques federal Indian law (6/23)
Two charged for beating and setting woman from Crow Tribe on fire (6/23)
White House defends fracking regulation imposed on Indian lands (6/23)
Mescalero Apache woman hosts fundraiser for Miss United States (6/23)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to collect sales tax on entire reservation (6/23)
Seneca-Cayuga Nation ordered to conduct another council election (6/23)
Poarch Creek land-into-trust bill could help casino effort in Florida (6/23)
Cherokee Nation enters deal to run commercial casino in Arkansas (6/23)
Tohono O'odham Nation told to turn over casino-related documents (6/23)
Senate Indian Affairs Committee debates marijuana & sovereignty (6/22)
Major trust reform bill supported by Indian Country signed into law (6/22)
President Obama signs land-into-trust bill for Susanville Rancheria (6/22)
Chairman Jim Boyd from Colville Tribes passes away at age of 60 (6/22)
Tribes take more control of their land with HEARTH Act regulations (6/22)
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community adds another 128 acres (6/22)
Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge Reservation graduates celebrate (6/22)
Native Sun News: Year of Reconciliation sees another anniversary (6/22)
Former Fond du Lac Band chairman Peter Defoe passes on at 77 (6/22)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.