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A Giant Step Forward for Equal Voting Rights in Native Lawsuit

Using mediation to resolve a federal lawsuit, plaintiffs from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, in northeastern Montana, have taken Native people a big step forward in their quest for equal voting rights. A magistrate judge’s March 14 order recommends that the federal district court overseeing the suit, Jackson v. The Board of Trustees of Wolf Point School District, reapportion a local school board as agreed by the plaintiffs and defendants. Going forward, the board will include one at-large and five single-member election districts, said plaintiffs’ attorney, Laughlin McDonald, longtime head of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.



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