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ACLU wins lawsuit alleging discrimination against Native American voters

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HELENA — The Wolf Point school district has agreed to redraw its voting districts for school board elections after an ACLU lawsuit argued the districts favored white voters in a predominantly Native American area.

The ACLU said Monday the settlement approved on April 9 calls for reducing the total number of school board members and redrawing districts so they all include nearly the same number of residents.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit after learning that members of the majority white voting district had been electing one board member for every 143 residents, while those in the Native American district had been electing one board member for every 841 residents.

The Wolf Point school website says 80 percent of its students are Native Americans.

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