North Dakota tribal leaders call for split House districts
September 17, 2021
BISMARCK, N.D. — Some North Dakota tribal leaders appealed to lawmakers Wednesday to split legislative House districts that include reservations, a move they believe will increase the odds for electing American Indians to the Legislature.
Mike Faith, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, told the Republican-led committee in charge of redrawing new legislative boundaries that such an arrangement would result in better representation and communication.
“There is no guarantee to get a Native in there,” he said. “(But) It gives us a fighting chance to get representation.”