Tuesday, February 26, 2013

NARF files amicus brief in important Voting Rights Act case, Shelby County v. Holder



On Wednesday, February 27, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the important Voting Rights Act case, Shelby County v. Holder.  NARF Staff Attorney Natalie Landreth will be in attendance as NARF filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), four individual tribes, and four Alaska Native voters.  At issue in Shelby County is the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act which requires nine states, including Alaska, and parts of seven other states to obtain approval from the U.S. Department of Justice before changing voting laws or districts.  To read the brief that NARF filed on behalf of AFN and others describing educational and voting discrimination against Alaska Natives and the importance of the Voting Rights Act, click here.