November 7, 2007...12:48 pm

Montana Indian Country Voting Rights Case

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An anti-tribal group called Citizens Equal Rights Alliance attempted to bring a Section 2 Voting Rights Act claim. This week, the federal district court dismissed this claim. [H/T to Indianz]

The complaint is here.

The State of Montana’s motion to dismiss is here: Motion to Dismiss

CERA’s response is here: Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Montana’s reply brief is here: Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss

Order Dismissing Action: Order

The ACLU Voting Rights Project attempted to intervene in the action, but the judge dismissed the case before ruling on the motion — Brief in Support of Motion to Intervene.

We at the ILPC are pleased to note that we will be hosting a mini-symposium on the Voting Rights Act in Indian Country next semester. We’ll have Laughlin McDonald of the Voting Rights Project, Ellen Katz of the University of Michigan Law School, and Daniel McCool and Susan Olson of the University of Utah. Profs. McCool and Olson are co-authors of the new book — Native Vote: American Indians, Voting Rights, and the Right to Vote (Cambridge).

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