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Indians ask for time before legislature in Nevada

Date: September 18, 2012 Author: ITCNCCDF Categories: News

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BY ED VOGEL
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU
Posted: Sep. 15, 2012 | 2:04 a.m.

CARSON CITY- An innocent remark by a legislator at a luncheon spurred the Nevada Indian Commission to request one day each session for Native Americans to meet with legislators.

Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Indian Commission, said several members told her that a legislator had asked “Do Indians vote?” during a luncheon last year. She said she does not know the name of the legislator.

“It shows we must do more to educate legislators,” said Rupert, a Native American. “There are a lot of new legislators who may not know our history.”

Rupert said Nevada is home to about 35,000 Indians, about half of whom live off-reservation in the Las Vegas area. There are 20 federally recognized tribes in Nevada.

While it is difficult to gauge the percentage of Indians who vote, several Indian websites put the figure in the 30 percent to 35 percent range. Because reservations are by federal law sovereign nations, the percentage who vote in tribal elections may be higher.

Rupert said most are Democrats. READ MORE…..

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