SCOTUS just guaranteed that thousands of Native Americans can’t vote in November


Only the uniform has changed

The U.S. Supreme Court…rejected a Hail Mary appeal filed by a group of Native American voters in North Dakota late last month in the hopes of preserving their right to vote in the upcoming November elections.

Native American Rights Fund (NARF) originally filed Brakebill v. Jaeger in 2016 on behalf of a group of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tribe, alleging that North Dakota’s voter identification law discriminates against Native voters in violation of the Equal Protection Clause and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland agreed—twice, once in 2016 and again in 2018—and both times issued injunctions blocking portions of the law.

Late last month, however, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with North Dakota and gave the state the green light to enforce the law in next month’s elections. This could potentially throw the elections into chaos since, according to NARF, early voting has already begun. And on Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld the Eighth Circuit’s order—thus ensuring, according to court documents, that nearly 2,300 Native Americans won’t be able to cast their ballot in November.

Tidy little Anglo minds don’t comprehend that reservation life isn’t governed by lovely checkerboard street maps with proper names and numbers. It’s not a big deal to find your way around or find someone who needs finding. Legal stuff is usually handled via a Post Office rented mailbox. Also not acceptable to rectilinear minds.

Visit – just don’t drink the water


Rockcastle Creek, Kentucky – contaminated by coal sludge

❝ Aleigha Sloan can’t remember ever drinking a glass of water from the tap at her home…

You just don’t touch that tap water unless absolutely necessary. I mean, like showers and things — you have to do what you have to do. But other than that, no,” she says. “I don’t know anybody that does…”

“You take it for granted until you don’t have it,” BarbiAnn Maynard says about a clean water supply. “I think that’s the attitude of a lot people right now, but I don’t think they understand how close they are to it happening to them.”

❝ Americans across the country, from Maynard’s home in rural Appalachia to urban areas like Flint, Mich., or Compton, Calif., are facing a lack of clean, reliable drinking water. At the heart of the problem is a water system in crisis: aging, crumbling infrastructure and a lack of funds to pay for upgrading it.

Americans think they “rose up” against a corrupt political system by installing someone for whom corruption, profiteering and greed are his religion. Who is dumb and who is dumber?

Trump’s “Great” Cleanup is Years Behind Puerto Rico’s Needs


A year after Hurricane Maria

❝ A year ago, shortly after Hurricane Maria tore its way across Puerto Rico and upended Ana Rodriguez’s small mountain town, all she wanted was reliable electricity and safe drinking water in her home. She still doesn’t have either.

❝ Her water is bottled and her electricity — which flutters off and on and can’t even power her vacuum cleaner — is something her neighbors in Cidra jerry-rigged after getting tutorials from YouTube videos. (They also snatched abandoned transformers from other towns for their setup.) Rodriguez isn’t expecting the Puerto Rican government or the Federal Emergency Management Agency to come to the rescue.

“People here feel so bad about the government and FEMA,” says the self-employed mother of two. “You can’t say which one is better or worse — they are equally bad.”

If you can’t promise a winning number of votes to the Republican Party and their Fake President – this is the kind of “service” to citizens in need you can expect.