After months of continual efforts to repress and even shut down Oglala participation in the national election, the simple fact that tribe members were able to fill out ballots on November 2 was a victory for equal rights.
Native Americans have long faced police harassment and illegal voter challenges in South Dakota. Those problems may soon be over because South Dakota has no plan to provide any voting at all in this fall's election.
One year, I believe it was 1951; my brother and my cousins, "Red Tapio" and Sonny Torres were cast in a movie called "Tomahawk," and it starred Van Heflin, Rock Hudson, and Susan Ball. Of course Tony, Red and Sonny were the Indians.