Spirit Lake officials inspecting address rolls
Today’s New York Times reports a real, immediate, and actual attack on every Native American resident of North Dakota.
This is yet another example of the GOP using the non-existent “issue” of voter fraud to disenfranchise targeted minorities. They used their majority in the state legislature to punish Native Americans for daring to support a Democrat, Heidi Heitkamp, in 2012.
Most Native Americans in North Dakota live on reservations without street signs or house numbers. Residents say “We know our communities based off our communities. We know ‘hey, that’s so-and-so’s house; you go two houses down and that’s the correct place you need to be.’ ”
Heidi Heitkamp is a Democrat elected to the Senate in 2012 with a margin of fewer than 3,000 votes. Shortly afterwards, the GOP-dominated (and white) state legislature passed voterID legislation that says that a residential address is required to vote. There are at least 30,000 Native American residents of North Dakota, most of whom did not have the required address when the law was passed. The Supreme Court allowed the law to stand earlier this month.
I can recall NO discussion of this issue anywhere here at BMG, even though it’s been unfolding for years. I wonder why the leaders of the Cherokee Nation, who so eagerly attacked Elizabeth Warren for releasing the results of her DNA test, are so quiet about this far more egregious attack on Native Americans.
In my view, the distinction between those who, like Elizabeth Warren, fight vigorously to support, defend, and encourage Native American communities and those who like Donald Trump and the entire GOP, attack, disparage, and humiliate them is crystal clear and easy to see.
If my reaction is exposing my “white privilege”, than so be it. As far as I’m concerned, this story reveals the good guys and the bad guys. I wonder if the Cherokee Nation is paying attention.