Oneida Nation makes first changes to constitution since 1969

"I Vote" -- an Oneida Nation bracelet. Photo from Facebook

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin held a secretarial election on Saturday to address amendments to the tribal constitution.

Voters approved all five changes, according to the official results. The election marked the first time the constitution has been amended since 1969.

Future changes should be easier because the tribe will no longer have to submit its constitution to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review.

The amendments include a lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18 and the establishment of an independent tribal judiciary.

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Oneida Tribe holds first election to make constitutional changes since 1969 (WLUK 5/3)

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