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Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

June 4, 2020

Author: James T. Tucker

James Tucker (Of Counsel-Las Vegas) is a contributing author to “Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters,” a report on nine public hearings held in 2017 and 2018 by the Native American Voting Rights Coalition, which was founded by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). As chronicled in the June 1, 2020, edition of High Country News, the purpose of the hearings was to better understand how Native Americans are systemically and culturally kept from fully exercising their franchise. More than 120 witnesses testified from dozens of tribes across the country. From the report: “Jacqueline De León, Staff Attorney at NARF, and Dr. James Thomas Tucker, Pro Bono Voting Rights Counsel for NARF, served as Co-directors for the field hearings and the resulting report. In addition to planning the hearings, both attended all nine of the field hearings and co-chaired several of them.”

Wilson Elser contributed pro bono assistance, including the preparation of summaries of the field hearing transcripts that facilitated preparation of the report. Named in the report were Jason Canne, Natasha Quest, Beata Shapiro, Kara Thorvaldsen and Marissa Tripolsky (Boston); Amanda Ebert, Jordan Montet and Alia Najjar (Las Vegas); Kam Cole, David Hoynacki, Angela Michaels, Leo Vaisburg and Kelly Van Nort (San Diego); and John Cahill (White Plains). Special thanks were extended to Wilson Elser’s Marketing Department and Jacqueline Harding, Chair of Wilson Elser’s Pro Bono Committee, for their support in this endeavor.

Read the Report.

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