Two weeks ago, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals approved a North Dakota voter ID law that could disenfranchise thousands of Native American voters. While some Indian voting rights advocates are appealing to the conservative Gorsuch/Kavanaugh Supreme Court to overturn this oppressive regulation, Rosebud-based Four Directions is planning to help tribal governments place officials at every voting location to provide tribal voters with the documents they need to get their ballots:
North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has said that voters may present documents like utility bills to establish their residency. An official letter from a tribal official saying, “Joseph Duchenaux lives here” should cut equivalent mustard. It’s just a darn shame that we make fellow Americans work so hard to exercise their basic rights.