South Dakota Settles with Tribal Nations in Voting Rights Lawsuit | Currents

n August 2021, The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Lakota People’s Law Project, and individual voters filed a lawsuit in district court alleging that the state was failing to uphold portions of the law, particularly a mandate for driver’s license offices and public assistance agencies to provide voter registration services to their clients during applications, renewals and change of address requests.

In May 2022, the United States District Court of South Dakota ruled that the states did indeed commit several NVRA violations, leading to the recent settlement.

“The settlement we negotiated details changes that South Dakota must make to provide the voter registration services guaranteed to each and every voter by federal law,” Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Scott Herman said in a statement to the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). NARF negotiated the terms of the settlement on the plaintiffs’ behalf.

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