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Navajo Nation welcomes public hearings into voting districts in Utah county
Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation welcomes public hearings into voting districts in Utah county (November 7, 2017)
A federal judge in Utah has scheduled two public hearings to determine how to draw the districts in a county where the Native vote has been suppressed for decades.

Native American Voting Rights Coalition convenes second hearing in Wisconsin
Law | National | Politics
Native American Voting Rights Coalition convenes second hearing in Wisconsin (October 12, 2017)
The Native American Voting Rights Coalition is identifying and documenting obstacles faced by Native voters.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Indians denied right to vote despite sacrifices for America
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indians denied right to vote despite sacrifices for America (October 4, 2017)
Despite granting Native people the right to vote, the White supremacy mentality remains steadfast among most federal and state decision makers.

Native American Rights Fund slams President Trump for commission on 'voter suppression'
Law | National | Politics
Native American Rights Fund slams President Trump for commission on 'voter suppression' (May 12, 2017)
The nation's oldest Indian legal advocacy group is speaking out President Trump's new voter fraud initiative.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Preparing for a new red future in South Dakota
Opinion | Politics
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Preparing for a new red future in South Dakota (January 27, 2017)
In 50 years, Indians will be closing in on being the majority in South Dakota.

Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes
Health | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (November 18, 2016)
Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.

Cronkite News: Native voters face hurdles in exercising basic rights
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Native voters face hurdles in exercising basic rights (November 7, 2016)
It’s tough to give a poll worker your street address when you don’t live on a traditional street, but that’s just one of the challenges that Native American voters who live on a reservation can face.

Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election
National | Politics
Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election (October 20, 2016)
The Utah League of Native American Voters is hosting the first-ever Native issues forum as the election quickly approaches.

Judge restores affidavit option for Native voters in North Dakota
Law | National | Politics
Judge restores affidavit option for Native voters in North Dakota (September 22, 2016)
Native citizens who lack identification will still be able to exercise their voting rights after winning a lawsuit in federal court.

Navajo Nation voters seek restoration of polling sites in Utah
Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation voters seek restoration of polling sites in Utah (September 21, 2016)
Native Americans have represented a majority and near majority in San Juan County yet non-Indians control the political system.

Tribal leaders file lawsuit for satellite polling locations in Nevada
Law | Politics
Tribal leaders file lawsuit for satellite polling locations in Nevada (September 8, 2016)
Walker River Paiute Chairman Bobby Sanchez, Pyramid Lake Paiute Chairman Vinton Hawley and three veterans are seeking equal access to the polls.

Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must recognize rights of all its citizens
Opinion
Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must recognize rights of all its citizens (September 5, 2016)
We may live in Rapid City but we are Oglala and we should be given every right of a citizen of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Tim Purdon and Bryan Sells: Indian Country faces barriers to voting
Law | Opinion | Politics
Tim Purdon and Bryan Sells: Indian Country faces barriers to voting (September 2, 2016)
Significant barriers to voting exist throughout Indian Country today.

Brian Cladoosby: A victory for Native voting rights in North Dakota
Opinion | Politics
Brian Cladoosby: A victory for Native voting rights in North Dakota (August 11, 2016)
The president of the National Congress of American Indians calls on the federal government to do more to protect voting rights in Indian Country.

Spirit Lake Nation welcomes decision in voter identification lawsuit
Law | National | Politics
Spirit Lake Nation welcomes decision in voter identification lawsuit (August 3, 2016)
Tribal leaders and members say more people on the reservation will be able to vote thanks for the judge's ruling.

Tribal citizens secure injunction against North Dakota voter ID law
Law | National | Politics
Tribal citizens secure injunction against North Dakota voter ID law (August 2, 2016)
A federal judge put a halt to a new voter identification law citing discriminatory impacts on Native Americans.

Delphine Red Shirt: Lakota people denied voting rights on our own land
Opinion | Politics
Delphine Red Shirt: Lakota people denied voting rights on our own land (June 24, 2016)
If you consider the fact that we as Native Americans have not yet celebrated a century of citizenship on our own lands, you begin to understand why Native American history is always swept under the rug.

Montana establishes 13 satellite voting offices in Indian Country
Law | Politics
Montana establishes 13 satellite voting offices in Indian Country (May 19, 2016)
The offices are located in nine counties and will help tribal citizens exercise their voting rights.

David Wilkins: Native people choose different political allegiances
Opinion
David Wilkins: Native people choose different political allegiances (May 11, 2016)
A profound, inherent level of diversity is a hallmark of our collective Native nations.

Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battle in New York
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battle in New York (April 18, 2016)
Bernie Sanders could still win the day, but how many delegates will he earn?

Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe should allow voting for all members
Opinion | Politics
Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe should allow voting for all members (April 13, 2016)
Today is one of those days when we scratch our heads and say, 'Where does time go?'

Non-Indian official decries effort to protect sacred lands in Utah
Environment | National | Politics
Non-Indian official decries effort to protect sacred lands in Utah (March 15, 2016)
The non-Indian power structure in San Juan County, Utah, is one of the driving forces against the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.

Navajo citizens sue county in Utah for making it difficult to vote
Law | National | Politics
Navajo citizens sue county in Utah for making it difficult to vote (March 2, 2016)
The county closed all polling locations in 2014 and has only designated one spot for voting this year and it's at least a four-hour round trip from the reservation.

Navajo Nation wins decision over voting districts in Utah county
Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation wins decision over voting districts in Utah county (February 26, 2016)
A federal judge has ordered San Juan County to redraw its commission district map to better represent the Native American population.

Montana counties to open satellite voting offices on reservations
Law | Politics
Montana counties to open satellite voting offices on reservations (February 26, 2016)
Four counties have agreed to establish satellite voting offices on reservations this year and more are in discussions with tribes ahead of the primary and general elections.

Blackfeet Nation asks county to establish satellite voting office
Law | Politics
Blackfeet Nation asks county to establish satellite voting office (January 28, 2016)
An office in Heart Butte would save residents from making a two-hour round trip to the Pondera county seat.

Fort Belknap Tribes ask county for voting offices on reservation
Law | National | Politics
Fort Belknap Tribes ask county for voting offices on reservation (January 22, 2016)
As part of the Wandering Medicine case, three counties in Montana are supposed to provide services to tribal members so they can exercise their voting rights in their own communities.

Stephanie Woodard: Native voters turned away in North Dakota
Law | National | Politics
Stephanie Woodard: Native voters turned away in North Dakota (January 22, 2016)
The Native plaintiffs say the restrictions, passed by the North Dakota legislature in 2013 and tightened further in 2015, disproportionately burden and even disenfranchise Native American voters.

Mark Trahant: A guide to the 2016 elections for Indian Country
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: A guide to the 2016 elections for Indian Country (January 11, 2016)
Why vote? It takes planning, some time, and the rewards are not always visible.

Shawn Bordeaux: Democracy broken for Native voters at state level
Opinion | Politics
Shawn Bordeaux: Democracy broken for Native voters at state level (December 16, 2015)
I believe that with greater participation we can reverse the condition on many of our reservations where socio-economic and health statistics resemble those for third world counties.

Santee Sioux Tribe weighs voting for off-reservation members
Politics
Santee Sioux Tribe weighs voting for off-reservation members (December 14, 2015)
Tribal members collected signatures on a petition in hopes of calling a secretarial election on the issue.

Mark Trahant: Who will be the Barack Obama of Indian Country?
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Who will be the Barack Obama of Indian Country? (November 23, 2015)
At least 73 American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians serve in 17 state legislatures. This is important for a couple of reasons.

Erik Stegman: Lessons from Canada for the Native vote in 2016
Canada | Opinion | Politics
Erik Stegman: Lessons from Canada for the Native vote in 2016 (October 28, 2015)
North or South, elections still matter, and Native people deserve and need a strong voice to help determine our elected leaders and their policies.

Editorial: Make voting easier for Montana's original Americans
Opinion | Politics
Editorial: Make voting easier for Montana's original Americans (October 26, 2015)
We have a longstanding belief on the Great Falls Tribune editorial board that government should make it easier, not more difficult, for people to vote for public office.

Brandon Ecoffey: Powerful forces aim to keep out the Native vote
Opinion | Politics
Brandon Ecoffey: Powerful forces aim to keep out the Native vote (October 7, 2015)
To overcome these efforts against us and the expression of our political will, both tribal nations and local organizers must begin the effort now to make people aware of not only the importance of the Native vote but of the efforts being made to stifle it.

Isadore Day: First Nations can 'supercharge' Canada's economy
Canada | Opinion
Isadore Day: First Nations can 'supercharge' Canada's economy (September 7, 2015)
The cold hard truth is First Nations have been in economic depression since Canada carved out the first postage-stamp size reserves over 200 years ago.

President Obama meets Native leaders after landing in Alaska
National | Politics
President Obama meets Native leaders after landing in Alaska (September 1, 2015)
Tribal leaders raise land-into-trust and voting rights at historic roundtable of Alaska Native representatives.

Opinion: Establish voting roll for descendants of African slaves
Opinion | Politics
Opinion: Establish voting roll for descendants of African slaves (August 24, 2015)
Reparations in America have come to mean 'free' money, so any serious discussion about them also mandates a discussion of how much — an exercise doomed to failure.

Ross Coen: Elizabeth Peratrovich remains a true Native hero
Opinion | Politics
Ross Coen: Elizabeth Peratrovich remains a true Native hero (August 18, 2015)
Elizabeth Peratrovich is remembered today for her role in the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945.

South Dakota county resists settlement in Indian voting case
Law | National | Politics
South Dakota county resists settlement in Indian voting case (August 17, 2015)
Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe have to make a one-hour round trip to register to vote and exercise their basic rights.

Montana counties skirt Native voting rights case settlement
Law | National | Politics
Montana counties skirt Native voting rights case settlement (August 14, 2015)
Only one of the counties in the Wandering Medicine case established a satellite office on a reservation in time for the November 2014 election.

Don Marks: Government policies kept Native people from polls
Canada | Opinion
Don Marks: Government policies kept Native people from polls (August 12, 2015)
Political candidates who are counting on support from indigenous people are often told they usually don't vote.

President Obama: Voting Rights Act still a target after 50 years
Opinion
President Obama: Voting Rights Act still a target after 50 years (August 12, 2015)
Congress must restore the Voting Rights Act. Our state leaders and legislatures must make it easier — not harder — for more Americans to have their voices heard.

Native Sun News Editorial: Making an impact in your community
Opinion
Native Sun News Editorial: Making an impact in your community (August 10, 2015)
We will never advance our lives in Rapid City until we are seriously considered as a part of the solution and not as a problem.

Voting Rights Act in focus with presidential election on horizon
Law | National | Politics
Voting Rights Act in focus with presidential election on horizon (August 7, 2015)
With a presidential election on the horizon, top Obama administration officials are promising to protect the voting rights of Native Americans and other citizens.

Julian Brave NoiseCat: Native issues you aren't hearing about
Opinion
Julian Brave NoiseCat: Native issues you aren't hearing about (July 30, 2015)
Most of the recent headlines about indigenous Americans have had to do with a certain D.C. football team, or a surpassingly dumb Adam Sandler movie.

Stuart Delery: Safeguarding voting rights of the first Americans
Law | Opinion
Stuart Delery: Safeguarding voting rights of the first Americans (May 29, 2015)
American Indians and Alaska Native people have faced a history of discrimination affecting their right to vote and were not conferred citizenship until 1924.

Terese Marie Mailhot: A message to all young Native Americans
Opinion
Terese Marie Mailhot: A message to all young Native Americans (May 22, 2015)
Young Native people, it's unfortunate how much you deal with on a day-to-day basis: navigating the world, developing your own beliefs, having to listen to your parents.

DOJ proposes bill to improve access to voting in Indian Country
Law | National | Politics
DOJ proposes bill to improve access to voting in Indian Country (May 22, 2015)
The Tribal Equal Access to Voting Act requires states and local governments to place polling locations on reservations and in Alaska Native villages.

Judge won't dismiss Indian voting rights case in South Dakota
Law | Politics
Judge won't dismiss Indian voting rights case in South Dakota (May 5, 2015)
Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe want Jackson County to create a satellite voter registration office on the reservation.

Clara Caufield: Off-reservation Cheyenne need a voice with tribe
Opinion
Clara Caufield: Off-reservation Cheyenne need a voice with tribe (April 30, 2015)
Over the past 40 years, I have also lived off the reservation many times for years at a stretch, always returning in sort of a love-hate relationship.

Senate votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as next attorney general
Law | National | Politics
Senate votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as next attorney general (April 24, 2015)
The federal prosecutor from New York is the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice.

Senate to vote on long-delayed Attorney General nomination
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Senate to vote on long-delayed Attorney General nomination (April 22, 2015)
If confirmed, Loretta Lynch would be the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice.

Native Sun News: Mayor of Rapid City addresses race relations
Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Mayor of Rapid City addresses race relations (March 26, 2015)
Native Sun News sat down with Kooiker to discuss race relations, his management of recent racial incidents and the future of the city regarding Native American citizens.

Native Sun News: Former US Attorney reflects on Indian cases
Law | National
Native Sun News: Former US Attorney reflects on Indian cases (March 19, 2015)
Many Native Americans felt secure when five years ago, it was announced that the son of one of Indian Countries closest allies was appointed to the post of U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota.

Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe denies off-reservation voters
Opinion
Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe denies off-reservation voters (January 19, 2015)
The tribal folks in the Great Plains Region should be concerned about how their constitutions were drafted and the subsequent language that is contained in them.

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe faces voting rights suit
Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe faces voting rights suit (November 10, 2014)
Does a person who was born on the reservation, enrolled in a tribal nation, and who is culturally in touch with their community become somehow less Native when they leave the reservation?

Chelsey Luger: Tribal ID cards should be treated with respect
Opinion | Politics
Chelsey Luger: Tribal ID cards should be treated with respect (November 7, 2014)
Voting with a tribal ID in North Dakota isn't as 'easy as pie' as promised.

Ticket with Native candidate holds tiny lead for Alaska governor
National | Politics
Ticket with Native candidate holds tiny lead for Alaska governor (November 5, 2014)
Democrat Byron Mallott would serve as lieutenant governor under independent Bill Walker if they win the race.

Mark Trahant: Native voters must be prepared on election day
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native voters must be prepared on election day (October 30, 2014)
It’s one thing to ask people to vote. It’s another to make sure we can vote.

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