2014-06-09T170621Z_1_LYNXMPEA580O0_RTROPTP_2_USA

Obama administration to make push on American Indian voting rights

US Attorney General Holder speaks at National Association of Attorneys General in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Concerned that American Indians are being unfairly kept out of the voting process, the Obama administration is considering a proposal that would require voting districts with tribal land to have at least one polling site in a location chosen by the tribe’s government, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday. Holder said the Justice Department would begin consulting tribal authorities on whether it should suggest that Congress pass a law that would apply to state and local administrators whose territory includes tribal lands. The announcement came as President Barack Obama was expected to travel to an American Indian reservation in North Dakota on Friday. Associate Attorney General Tony West on Monday will expand upon Holder’s announcement in Anchorage, Alaska, where he will address a conference held by the National Congress of American Indians.

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