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Who Called the Sheriff? Pine Ridge Voter Turnout Plummets, then Rebounds

Sheriff in Pine Ridge voting-office doorway (Donna Semans)  and  Indian Country Today  published versions of this article in November 2014 with additional  photographs  by Jesse Short Bull. For  more on topics like this, see my book, American Apartheid: The Native American Struggle for Self-Determination and Inclusion,   available where books are sold.   V ote rs walking into the polling place would see the sheriff there and veer off,” said Donna Semans, the Rosebud Sioux field coordinator for Four Directions voting-rights group. “If I was driving them to the polls, they’d spot the sheriff’s vehicle out front and tell me, ‘No way. I’m not going in there.’” Semans runs Four Directions’ get-out-the-vote, or GOTV, operation on the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. Since mid-October, her team has transported voters from around the 2.1-million acre reservation to a polling place in Pine Ridge Village. There they can register and