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South Dakota City Asks Oglala Sioux Tribe to Waive Sovereign Immunity to Fulfill Records Request

The City of Martin, S.D., wants the Oglala Sioux Tribe to either waive its sovereign immunity or pay an unknown amount of attorneys and administrative fees upfront to receive public records related to the city's new redistricting map.

A statement from the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) says the city's action is an attempt to intimidate the Tribe into withdrawing its request for documents that could shine light on any new Voting Rights Act violations that could prevent Native Americans from having an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect representatives of their choice.

The Tribe, represented by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), ACLU of South Dakota, and Public Counsel, is appealing the City of Martin's actions to the South Dakota Office of Hearing Examiners.


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