Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, faculty director of the Indian Legal Program, was quoted in a Jan. 19 article on Native American voting rights in The Arizona Republic.
The article, “Navajos recall long walk to voting rights,” discusses the impact the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had on Navajos voting in state and federal elections. The legislation helped increase Navajo participation, but many hurdles still remained, including access to polling places, informing Navajos about the election process, and translating ballots into their language.
Ferguson-Bohnee, director of the College of Law's Indian Legal Clinic, said she still sees actions being taken to limit Native American participation in elections.
“It’s not history,” Ferguson-Bohnee said. “There’s still a mentality that Indians need to stay on the reservation.”
To read the article, click here.
Ferguson-Bohnee has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and policy matters, voting rights, and status clarification of tribes. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition, and has successfully assisted four Louisiana tribes in obtaining state recognition.
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