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South Dakota court takes voting rights question
Monday, January 24, 2005

The South Dakota Supreme Court last week accepted a question to help resolve an ongoing Native voting rights suit.

The high court has to decide whether state lawmakers can change the boundaries of the legislative map. The lawmakers say the state constitution limits redistricting to once every 10 years.

But four Native voters want action sooner. They won a federal court ruling last September that said the state violated the voting rights of Native Americans by packing the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Rosebud Sioux Reservation into one legislative district.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier is giving the state 30 days after the state court decision to comply with the ruling.

Get the Story:
Court to hear districting case Districts: ACLU offers possible maps (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 1/24)

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