Terrell Elk, 18, votes for the first time by delivering his absentee ballot for the 2018 mid-term election. (REUTERS/Dan Koeck)
Representatives of four tribal nations in North Dakota spoke to members of Congress on Tuesday, April 16 about how to protect Native American voting rights. The hearing was hosted by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates, North Dakota.
Tribal leaders focused on a state voter identification law that forces them to show identification with a street address. According to the Associated Press (AP), North Dakota’s voter ID requirements have prompted two federal lawsuits by tribes, who claim that the law discriminates against Native Americans.
“There continues to be barriers — interpersonal and systematic — at our polling locations in our tribal communities and for our Native voters across the state,” activist Prairie Rose Seminole, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in northwestern…
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