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Ruling clears Oglala Lakota County residents for jury duty


RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota’s Supreme Court has tossed out a judicial order that for years excluded residents of Oglala Lakota County from serving on juries.

The county is within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and nearly all residents are Native American. The county doesn’t have state court facilities and instead contracts with Fall River County for legal proceedings.

Judge Jeff Davis in 2009 issued the order excluding Oglala Lakota County residents from serving on juries, referencing a 2001 tribal proclamation declaring state court actions such as jury summonses were unenforceable on the reservation.


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