[ View the story "Native Americans in Montana battle for voting rights" on Storify] Native Americans in Montana battle for voting rights Tribes in Montana are fighting for equal access to vote.
AJAMStream· Thu, Oct 17 2013 13:52:49
A US Court of Appeals will soon
whether Native Americans living in Montana have been denied equal access to vote. A group of 15 plaintiffs, from
different reservations, have asked for satellite voting stations to accommodate about 50,000 Montanans who live on reservations - most of whom are eligible to vote. Originally ruled against, when a judge found that there was "no evidence that Indians were being prevented from voting for the candidates of their choice," the plaintiffs appealed.
Montana's Northern Cheyenne reservation fighting to secure voting rights http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/07/montana-north-cheyenne-reservation-voting-rights. We can do better Sara, GOP.Sam Lammie
Voter intimidation in America is real. Thank you @ChiefElk for enlightening me on the struggles Native American voters face in Montana.Stephanie Morillo
Montana's Northern Cheyenne reservation fighting to secure voting rightshttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/07/montana-north-cheyenne-reservation-voting-rightsvia @guardian.Equality where is it?Malcolm Fraser
About 25% of Native Americans live in
. Because some cannot afford to travel the long distance - sometimes more than
- to polling sites, they're asking for satellite voting stations closer to home - which they say are necessary to exercise their right to vote. To bring focus to these issues, a
was started called
100 miles to democracy
The video below shows a meeting between state officials and a Native American councilman. Montana officials say the cost of creating these offices is too much, while a Native councilman from Montana expresses his peoples right to have equal access to voting facilities.
Poor Enough to Defend and Die, but Not Worth an Equal Votefourdirectionsvote
Some others Native Americans are encouraging their fellow American Indians to vote, no matter where they live.
REPRESENT - The Native Vote featuring Mikaela Thinnhillaryabe
This case has sparked online conversation with some arguing for a low cost alternative to in-person voting stations:
As a Washington state resident, I was also going to suggest mail-in voting. A simple, low cost solution. At least until the fascist party gets its wish to shutdown the postal service.
Native American voters in Arizona have the numbers to swing the state's elections. But will they show up? http://bit.ly/RbuSdMJoe Henke
A total of 23 Native tribes
5.5% of Arizona's overall population. The state has responded to these numbers by formatting its
voter registration form
in a way that benefits Native Americans. Here's an excerpt where users can draw their house if they don't have a street address. Many who live on reservations use PO boxes; there are seldom concrete street addresses or house numbers to use as reference.
Arizona Voter Reg Formajamstream
In South Dakota, Native Americans have argued for equal access to vote, and state officials agreed to create in-person
stations on the reservations. The stations have yet to be set up. South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant is looking to see if federal funds can be used to establish them.