Abstract and Keywords
Since America’s westward expansion from the East Coast and its usurpation of Indian lands, the citizenship and political participation of indigenous people have been a major source of conflict. This chapter examines the voting rights and electoral representation of Indians in the United States. It first looks at the controversy over Indian citizenship and the efforts of states to prohibit Indians from voting, then discusses the efforts of state and local governments to prevent Indians from voting on an equal basis with non-Indians, the Voting Rights Act and its impact on Indian voting, and Indian political power today. The chapter argues that Indian people have become effective participants in American politics by overcoming tremendous odds, although they still face challenges and resistance.
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