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Nevada Billionaires Have Equal Rights—But Not Natives—Paiutes Charge

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This article first appeared on Indian Country Today Media Network in September 2016.
Chairmen Bobby Sanchez and Vinton Hawley, of the Walker River and Pyramid Lake Paiute tribes, respectively, are plaintiffs in a major new voting-rights lawsuit, filed in federal court in Nevada. They are joined by three military veterans from their communities: Ralph Burns, Robert James and Johnny Williams, Jr. “We know that these veterans have already paid for the equality we seek for all our people,” the two chairmen announced in a joint public statement.
The lawsuit follows the rejection of tribal requests to Nevada’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and two counties for full access to national elections, including reservation satellite offices for registration and early and Election Day voting. According to the plaintiffs, Walker River Paiute Tribe voters must currently travel 70-some miles round trip to register and early vote in the Mineral County seat, while Pyramid L…