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Native Americans still fight for voting equality

Mural of a Native American on the side of a trading post that sold goods from tribes on the Navajo Nation near Gallup, New Mexico. (Mike Lakusiak/News21)

Despite gaining the rights to citizenship and voting in 1924 from the federal government, Native Americans in some states could not vote until 1962. Those who live on reservations have consistently dealt with distances and language barriers when it comes to voting. But experts who have studied Native American voting rights said recent changes to legal requirements and provisions for voting have exacerbated those problems.

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Tribes, governments move to reverse struggles of state’s Native American students

Patty Talahongva, the granddaughter of Rosalie Lalo: “Look at the legacy of the boarding schools. Separation of child from family and community. How would your family survive that? How do generations of that recover?” (Photo by Clarissa Cooper/Cronkite News)

Arizona has the third-highest population of American Indians in the country and is home to 22 federally recognized tribes. And though it has the second-largest Native American student population in the country, children and teens are failing standardized tests and dropping out of school at higher rates than any other group, according to the Arizona Department of Education’s 2014 Indian Education Annual Report.

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