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Wisconsin’s Native vote could factor in state Supreme Court race.

April 4 race for open seat on state Supreme Court likely to sway court’s ideology

FRANK VAISVILAS Green Bay Press-Gazette

Allison Neswood, a Navajo staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, talks to Native voters at the Ho-Chunk Nation office in Milwaukee about the importance of the April election in Wisconsin.

Although most laws in Indian Country are determined by tribal and federal courts, voting advocates are trying to inform Native voters about the importance of the April 4 Wisconsin Supreme Court election.

Indigenous analysts estimate about 71,000 Native voters are in Wisconsin and the race for the open seat on the Supreme Court between Janet Protasiewicz and Daniel Kelly will likely sway the ideology of the seven-justice court.

Native Americans were not granted the right to vote in the U.S. until 1924.Allison Neswood, who is Navajo and a staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, went on to say ” state laws still made it difficult — or impossible — for Indigenous people to vote in many places until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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