Savings touted in end to bilingual polling rules|
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South Dakota: In 2002, the U.S. Census Bureau required 18 S.D. counties to provide interpreters or bilingual materials for Lakota speaking voters. This year, a handful of counties are no longer required to do so.
It also comes during efforts to revitalize the Lakota language with students on the reservations. More than 20,000 students are taught Lakota in schools, and Public Broadcasting airs a Lakota language cartoon.
Bennett County is one that has dropped its language assistance. Auditor Susan
Williams said very few people needed Lakota audio voting equipment. "It was
hardly used at all," she said.
Rep. Kevin Killer, D-Pine Ridge, is also concerned for his constituents.
"It's better to err on the side of caution and have that provision than rather
assume there are no fluent speakers left," he said.
"That's actually going to be a better system. There you are talking to someone who speaks the same dialogue and someone you trust," Gant said.
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