GOP challenge to Native candidate rejected

The Hawaii Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a Native man who doesn't have U.S. citizenship papers can run for state office.

Cort Gallup is Cree from Canada. He cited the 1794 Jay Treaty that allows free passage to Natives born in Canada.

Republicans challenged Gallup's standing to run, saying he wasn't a U.S. citizen. But the high court said the GOP didn't follow proper procedures in filing the lawsuit. The court did not address the treaty issue.

Gallup is running for the 11th House District.

Get the Story:
Candidate can run, ruling says (The Honolulu Star-Bulletin 10/9)
Court dismisses challenge to Gallup (The Maui News 10/10)

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