Oglala Sioux Tribe holds constitutional election

Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota are voting today on proposed changes to their constitution.

Nine amendments are on the ballot for the secretarial election. They affect separation of powers, tribal courts, tribal council positions, a new Bill of Rights and enrollment.

Supporters say the amendments will lead to a more stable government. The tribe has been working with an Indian Reorganization Act constitution for more than 70 years.

One amendment could lead to a name change for the tribe to the Oglala Lakota Oyate or the Oglala Lakota Nation.

Get the Story:
Oglalas head to the polls Tuesday for constitution vote (The Rapid City Journal 4/22)

Earlier Stories:
Oglala Sioux tribe to vote on constitutional changes (The Rapid City Journal 4/16)
IRA basis of tribal government for over 70 years (The Rapid City Journal 4/15)