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(SD)-Petitions Seek To Force Vote On Changes To OST Constitution

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/10/2019 11:38 PM
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - A task force is petitioning the Bureau of Indian Affairs to hold an election so that members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe can vote on changes to the tribal constitution. The petitions were sent to the BIA on Wednesday.

       The move follows the OST council's stalled efforts to hold a vote on a slate of 50 constitutional amendments, including ones that would form an elder council and create term limits.
 
     Tribal representative Nakina Mills says in order for the task force motion to move forward, the BIA would need to confirm that valid petition signatures totaled at least one-third of the reservation's eligible voters.
 
     Mills says the group would prefer if the tribal council approved an election allowing tribal members to vote on each amendment rather than having to accept or reject the entire slate.


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