Antonio Gonzalez, Montana District Court, Jacqueline Deleon discussed on Native America Calling


This is national native news. I'm Antonio Gonzalez. A Montana district court has struck down three election laws that could have created barriers to voting weeks before the midterm election. Eric ticket off has more. Two of those laws presented especially high hurdles to Native Americans in the state. That includes a law that got rid of election day voter registration and another that banned third party ballot collection. Jacqueline deleon is staff attorney with a Native American rights fund, which represented plaintiffs in this case. She says judge Michael Moses found evidence that the legislature intentionally discriminated against folks who rely on election day registration, such as indigenous communities and students. Pretty disturbing that the legislature went ahead and passed these laws despite the known impacts on Native Americans. The lawsuit was brought by western native voice and tribes in Montana, including the blackfeet nation and northern Cheyenne tribe. The third law struck down in the decision would have made it harder for students to register to vote by requiring them to use another form of identification, in addition to their student ID. De Leon says a court struck down a nearly identical ballot collection law in 2020 in Montana. She says many tribes don't have reliable residential mail delivery. It really come to rely on organizations that go out in vehicles that can access the poor roads and can pay for gas and can travel significant distances to circumvent poor mail service to pick up ballots or Native Americans. Daily on says it's important to note that these laws are discriminatory and also on the flip side that Native Americans are not asking for extra accommodations. They're not asking for more than what other are entitled to. What they're asking for is for equal access. And in the face of it being unequal, they're asking that the tools that they use to overcome those inequalities not be targeted and taken away. I'm Eric, take it off. A settlement has reportedly been reached between the U.S. government and victims of former Indian health service doctor and convicted pedophile Stanley Weber, The Wall Street Journal reports the government will pay somewhere between 1 million to $2 million each to 8 victims. The lawsuit against the government claims that Indian health service ignored or tolerated Weber's abuse, whether worked for IHS for more than 20 years. The former pediatrician was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting boys that he treated in South Dakota and Montana. In 2020, at age 71, he was sentenced to a string of life sentences in prison. The settlement has not been finalized. A native woman owned business is now open on the Indian Pueblo cultural center's business and cultural district in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held this week for Italy, plant based foods, the business focuses on culturally relevant Pueblo foods, owner Tina Archuleta is a social entrepreneur, community dula and chef. She says her life has always centered around wellness and native communities. I started my business on foot years ago around hey miss Sally enchiladas and that just developed and developed and developed into what we see here today. So it's been a long journey. Maybe 16 years of trying and dreaming of this. So plant based Pueblo food. It's culturally relevant food, food that we know and love, but made completely plant based, no dairy, no eggs. No animal byproduct. Growing up in a remote area, Archuleta faced challenges being in a food desert with difficulty finding healthy food options, she started a catering business and delivered healthy foods to tribal communities and gas stations. Now her grab and go as a storefront on the Plaza owned by the 19 pueblos of New Mexico, the Plaza includes two hotels, a handful of eateries, a bank, and is growing with the planned food co op and other businesses. I'm Antonio

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