Unfortunately, there are many obstacles in Indian Country that stand in the way of Native Americans ability to votefrom language barriers and burdensome voter ID requirements to the locations of polling places for remote and rural communities, said Heinrich.
Finally, the narratives of the Plains Indians--which usually contain a variety of categories such as accounts of human heroes and stories of creation--should also be considered as remarkable examples of Native American oral literature.
In New Mexico, a statewide program that promotes higher education and economic development opportunities for Native American students was relocated to the New Mexico State University College of Business earlier this year.
"While the damage awards and debt relief are vital elements of this settlement, the Native American Farmer and Rancher Council will help ensure that the reforms to USDA's programs are lasting and that USDA honors the civil rights of Native Americans for years to come," said Plaintiffs' co-counsel David Frantz, partner, Conlon, Frantz & Phelan.
Because many Native Americans who lived on reservations could not prove their Native American ancestry by producing the required documents, they were de-enrolled from their tribes and removed from their reservations without any compensation.