Native American Tribes Push Back Against Voter Suppression

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When the Supreme Court supported laws in North Dakota that require IDs must display a “current residential street address,” about 70,000 Native American voices that could’ve been silenced.

But The Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Standing Rock Sioux, Spirit Lake Sioux and Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota all have helped provide free IDs with street address to tribal members who live on reservations. As over Tuesday, over 2,000 IDs have been provided, and the programs will continue to provide IDs through election day.

Lakota People’s Law Project and the Four Directions nonprofit launched the programs, and donations have financed the efforts– from The Native American Rights Fund ($50,000) and 4,300 donors via a GoFundMe page set up by the Standing Rock Sioux, at over $200,000. (read more)

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