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American Indians and the fight for equal voting rights

Author: Laughlin McDonald
Publisher: Norman, Okla. : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Laughlin McDonald has participated in numerous lawsuits brought on behalf of Native Americans in Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. This litigation challenged discriminatory election practices such as at-large elections, redistricting plans crafted to dilute voting strength, unfounded allegations of election fraud on reservations, burdensome identification and registration requirements, lack of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McDonald, Laughlin.
American Indians and the fight for equal voting rights.
Norman, Okla. : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)742691698
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laughlin McDonald
ISBN: 9780806141138 0806141131
OCLC Number: 436221090
Description: xiii, 347 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Evolution of federal policy toward American Indians --
Voting Rights Act : how it works --
Montana I --
Montana II --
South Dakota --
Colorado --
Nebraska --
Wyoming --
Increasing importance of the Indian vote.
Responsibility: Laughlin McDonald.

Abstract:

Laughlin McDonald has participated in numerous lawsuits brought on behalf of Native Americans in Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. This litigation challenged discriminatory election practices such as at-large elections, redistricting plans crafted to dilute voting strength, unfounded allegations of election fraud on reservations, burdensome identification and registration requirements, lack of language assistance, and noncompliance with the Voting Rights Act. McDonald devotes special attention to the VRA and its amendments, whose protections are central to realizing the goal of equal political participation. McDonald describes past and present-day discrimination against Indians, including land seizures, destruction of bison herds, attempts to eradicate Native language and culture, and efforts to remove and in some cases even exterminate tribes. Because of such treatment, he argues, Indians suffer a severely depressed socioeconomic status, voting is sharply polarized along racial lines, and tribes are isolated and lack meaningful interaction with non-Indians in communities bordering reservations.
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