MINOT, N.D. — “North Dakota plan for split districts gives Native Americans ‘fairer representation,’ advocates say.”
So reads a recent headline from a typically thorough article by Michelle Griffith, but I have to admit that I’m struggling with that word.
Is the redistricting plan, which splits two legislative districts that encompass Native American reservations, really fairer than what we had?
Many of our state’s Native American leaders believe so. Because of the way the map was drawn, in the two subdivided districts, one of the subdivisions is drawn so that it has a high percentage of Native American voters.
“All it does for us is it gives an opportunity to have stronger and fairer representation at the state legislative level,” Mark Fox, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, told Griffith.
But does it?