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Project MUSE - A Case Study of Descriptive Representation: The Experience of Native American Elected Officials in South Dakota -

Project MUSE - A Case Study of Descriptive Representation: The Experience of Native American Elected Officials in South Dakota



While numerous studies have shown a clear link between the VRA and increasing numbers of African American and Latino elected officials, the act's impact on Native Americans has garnered only a small amount of attention.4 Although Native Americans comprise only 2 percent of the nation's population, there are large numbers in some plains and mountain states, as well as in parts of the Southwest. Although Native Americans experience voting rights issues that are similar to those that affect other racial/ethnic minorities, we argue that there are important differences.

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