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Litigation: South Dakota Lyman County Redistricting

Litigation: South Dakota Lyman County Redistricting

While over 40% of Lyman County, South Dakota, voters live on the Lower Brule Reservation, an unfair at-large voting system ensured reservation voters could never elect a single candidate of their choice to the Board of Commissioners. The county commissioners have historically had little relationship with Lower Brule and community members’ needs, not even managing to maintain a road that crosses into the reservation that it’s obligated to keep functional.

On May 18, 2022, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and individual voters filed a lawsuit against the Lyman County Board of Commissioners for delaying the rollout of fair election districts. “Through this lawsuit we’re insisting Lyman County hold elections with a fairly drawn map in 2022,” said plaintiff, voter, and Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Vice Chairman Neil Russell.

Read more about Lower Brule Sioux Tribe et al v. Lyman County et al

(Photo of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Reservation courtesy of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.)

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