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Lawmakers set for appeal of voting rights case

The South Dakota Legislature's Executive Board passed a resolution at an emergency meeting on Monday that paves the way for an appeal of an Indian voting rights case.

The board met for five hours in private and decided not to submit a new legislative map to U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier. She ruled in September 2004 that the map violated the voting rights of members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe because it packed them into one district.

The resolution will be sent to Schreier, who will adopt a remedy. Then, the lawmakers plan to take the case to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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