Advertise:   712.224.5420

Judge rejects claim in Indian voting rights lawsuit

A federal judge ruled this week that the city of Martin, South Dakota, did not violate the voting rights of Native Americans when it redrew its voting district boundaries.

On behalf of members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the voting map drawn in 2000. The lawsuit said the districts did not adequately represent Native voters.

The city presented evidence that Native candidates have been elected. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier agreed that the city did not violate the Voting Rights Act or discriminate against Native Americans.

The ACLU is appealing.

Get the Story:
ACLU loses voting-rights challenge (The Rapid City Journal 3/25)
Martin prevails in ACLU voting rights case (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 3/25)

Relevant Links:
Minority Voting Rights, ACLU -

Related Stories:
Indian voters oppose bill aimed at settling lawsuit (03/01)
Suit challenges South Dakota county's voting districts (01/28)
South Dakota court takes voting rights question (01/24)
Editorial: Stop delaying Native voting rights case (12/16)
South Dakota Indians seek action on voting rights (12/13)
South Dakota seeks delay in Native voting case (11/02)
Editorial: Don't appeal Indian voting rights case (09/28)
Judge: South Dakota violated Indian voting rights (09/16)
Federal judge to issue voting rights ruling this summer (05/04)
ACLU rests case in Indian voting rights trial (04/23)
S.D. Indians testify of racism in voting rights trial (04/15)
Trial into Indian voting rights in South Dakota continues (4/14)
Trial examines Indian voting rights in South Dakota (4/13)