Native American Voting Rights Group Joins Lawsuit Against the Proposed Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

Four Directions, a nationally known voting rights group founded by Rosebud Sioux Tribal members, has joined a lawsuit opposing the federal government’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, according to a media release from MALDEF, the Latino Voice for Civil Rights in America.

Organizations representing new immigrants are suing to pull the citizenship question, which they believe is a malicious effort to create an undercount in their communities. Adding a citizenship question also could cause undercounting in Indian Country, the release said. Since many tribal members self-identify as citizens of their Tribal Nations, they might respond “no” if asked whether they are U.S. citizens. An under count would have real life consequences; many federal programs use the Census figures to distribute funding.

The U.S. Commerce Department is accepting public comments on the census until August 7. The three lead organizations opposing the citizenship question have created an easy to use on-line portal to submit comments.

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First Native American Jurist Appointed to Minnesota Supreme Court and Other News

Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Anne McKeig to the Minnesota Supreme Court, the first Native American appointed to the state’s highest court.

The Star Tribune and other outlets report that McKeig is “a descendant of White Earth Nation.” Huh!? That seems like a bizarre way to say it. Are they trying to give the impression that while McKeig is a descendant of White Earth, she is not claiming it herself? Are they trying to say that White Earth Nation is gone, and all that are left are the descendants?

I don’t know how the “descendant of White Earth” language got rolling, but let’s go with the more straight forward description published on line from St. Catherine University, McKeig’s alma mater. “McKeig is a member of the American Indian Bar Association, and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation.”

McKeig specialized in child protection and Indian welfare issues, according to the Star Tribune. Also, the Minnesota Supreme Court now has a majority of women for the first time since 1991.

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  • A book review of ‘An American Genocide’
  • The Washington Cathedral to remove Confederate Battle Flags from stained glass windows (think Minnesota State Capitol)
  • Ancient Mexican Temple Damaged

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