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Tribal IDs: voting for Native people no longer "easy as pie"

North Dakota Secretary of State

The U.S. Supreme Court okayed North Dakota's new voter identification law last month.  That means tribal ID cards that are legally recognized in almost every other context - including the June primaries - are no longer valid because most Native Americans on North Dakota reservations have a post office box, not a street address, listed on them.


Native Americans in this country couldn't even vote until 1948, and Roxane Gould, a professor with UMD's Ruth A. Myers Center for Indigenous Education says this latest effort to suppress Native votes is part of a continuum. 

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