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  • Native Americans’ Right to Vote – Selected Aspects

    Author: Joanna Marszałek-Kawa
    E-mail: kawadj@box43.pl
    Institution: Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4201-8028
    Author: Michał Dahl
    E-mail: dahl.michal@gmail.com
    Institution: Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2803-2648
    Year of publication: 2019
    Source: Show
    Pages: 165-183
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppk.2019.06.13
    PDF: ppk/52/ppk5213.pdf

    The purpose of this paper is to verify the thesis that the right to vote is one of the most significant fields of Indigenous Peoples Rights’ violations. History of the U.S. relations with Native tribes is a history of broken treaties and promises, including these pertain- ing to voting. It is vital to keep track of issues related to voting rights, not only because of the constantly increasing number of court cases related to this issue, but also several legal initiatives proposed in Congress with the aim to make the right to vote more ap- plicable. The first part of the paper enumerates the main reasons for the denial of In- dian Voting Rights. It is followed by the explanation how these limitations were imple- mented. The third part of the work describes how the Indigenous Americans struggled to receive the right to vote. However significant the moment of gaining the right was, it did not put an end to their struggle for equal treatment. On the contrary, a list of court cases based on Voting Rights Act violations is still extending, which is described in the fourth part of the paper. The fifth part examines contemporary issues regarding the Na- tive Americans’ right to vote.

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