Is an Oglala Sioux Tribal voting district in Rapid City possible - KOTA Territory News

Is an Oglala Sioux Tribal voting district in Rapid City possible?


According to the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) Enrollment Department, an estimated 3,000 tribal members live in the Rapid City area. But when it comes time to vote on tribal issues, OST members who don't live on the reservation can't vote.
But that could soon change.

There is a push to establish an OST district in Rapid City.  Some say it makes sense because the tribal programs in Rapid City are mostly staffed with OST members.

But there are some hurdles to jump before this can happen. Currently, the constitution recognizes the Pine Ridge Reservation with nine districts.

If a voting district in Rapid City was to be added, the constitution would have to change.
Tribal council members say this issue recently came to President Bryan Brewer's office, but there hasn't been any action taken.
"It's got to be a vote to change the constitution. So people are talking about it. They are recognizing the need in Rapid City," said Lydia Bear Killer, a tribal council member.

Other council members say they think a Rapid City voting district is a good idea but they are doubtful it will ever happen.

Tribal members will meet to discuss this issue, among others, at the Mother Butler Center in Rapid City on April 12th.

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