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South Dakota Supreme Court to hear voting rights case

The South Dakota Supreme Court on Monday will hear arguments in a voting rights case affecting members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

A federal judge has already determined that the state's 2001 legislative map violates Native voting rights by packing tribal members into one district. She told the Legislature to come up with a new map.

But state lawyers want the state Supreme Court to step in and decide one particular issue: whether the map can be redrawn in light of a constitutional provision that appears to limit redistricting to once every 10 years. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier agreed to refer the question to the state court.

The hearing will take place at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Get the Story:
High court to decide districting question (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 3/16)

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