Montana establishes 13 satellite voting offices in Indian Country

Mark Wandering Medicine, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana, was the lead plaintiff in the Wandering Medicine voting rights lawsuit. Photo from National Commission on Voting Rights

The state of Montana has established 13 satellite voting offices to serve Indian Country.

The offices are located in nine counties. They will provide late registration and early voting before the June 7 primary.

“For many rural and low-income tribal members, the distance for such a visit can be expensive and a serious burden,” Secretary of State Linda McCulloch told The Great Falls Tribune. “These voting offices help solve this problem.”

The offices will serve members of the Blackfeet Nation, the Chippewa Cree Tribe, the Crow Tribe, the Fort Belknap Indian Community, the Fort Peck Tribes and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. All are located on the tribes' respective reservations.

Separately, the state will set up an extra polling location for members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes on June 7.

A settlement in Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch led the state to start establishing locations to better serve Native voters.

Native Americans represent 6.6 percent of the state population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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