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ID required to vote in South Dakota

On a Sioux reservation. Here.

If the vote doesn't matter, how come the bastards go to so much trouble to keep us from doing it, or to falsify it? (Non-US link, since that site has been shut down again.) Voting in the USA a very uncertain process; it possible to fool much of the public much of the time. And still, still, even the possibility that the people might make their voices heard scares the bastards.


[Slightly edited on posting day to add non-US link and remove excess verbiage.]

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There's actually a bigger issue than that, as the Native population has to choose an either/or situation. I'm betting that if they display a Tribal ID, then they aren't allowed to vote. Why? Tribal affiliation. Because if you are Native, you can either be Tribal or you can be a Citizen. If you are a member of an Indian tribe, you must be naturalized in order to become a citizen, and hence to vote. It has a lot to do with the dubious status of being "sovereign nations" administered by the U.S. government.

This article was written by someone who has never had actual dealings with the overwhelmingly complex issues here. There's a lot in this article that has been omitted, either by ignorance or by design. And the truth is probably even grimmer than what you see on the surface.

Trust me on this one. I've been involved with Native rights for years, and it's still a sore topic, the crap our gov pulls. I've gotten all the gorey details from the people who have had to make tough choices, and can get into the really messy stuff. At least they've been able to become citizens since...1947, was it? (I know that Native Americans still weren't allowed to be citizens as recently as WWII---they could fight in the military, be Code Talkers, etc., but not citizens.)

If you want to get into all the ways that we still keep Native Americans down on the farm and separate but not quite equal, I could go on for much longer than you might want to hear. There's a reason I am a regular contributor to the Native American Rights Fund.

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