Turtle Mountain Chairman addresses voter suppression at national summit

Austin, Texas: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa chairman Jamie Azure spoke on voter suppression at a national summit in Austin, Texas, Wednesday.

The summit was hosted by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

Azure spoke on how the issue of a lack of mailing addresses on Native American reservations played into the casting of ballots in this past fall's election.

“I'm not going to argue the fact, whether it was intentional or unintentional of a voter suppression, but it was a suppression on our people, but not only Native Americans, not only the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Five United Tribes of North Dakota, but the rural areas. The farmers, the college students, the college students that are in dorms. They don't have a physical address. It goes right to the building, so the trickle-down effect is you're affecting so many other people even though the large percentage was Native American,” said Azure.

The three-day summit wrapped up Wednesday.