State Of Alaska, NARF, Northern Justice Project And ACLU Reach Settlement In Yup’ik Language Voter Assistance Case

The settlement agreement in the case can be found online at: www.aclu.org/voting-rights/nick-et-al-v-bethel-et-al-settlement-agreement-state-alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Attorney General’s Office today joined the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the American Civil Liberties Union, the Northern Justice Project, four Alaska Native elders and four tribal governments in announcing a settlement of litigation in Nick, et al. v. Bethel, et al. According to the settlement, the state of Alaska will make enhancements to language assistance for Yup’ik-speaking voters available at elections in the Bethel area.

The resolution of the case, originally filed in June 2007 on behalf of Alaska Native elders Anna Nick, Billy McCann, Arthur Nelson and David O. David and the tribal governments of Kasigluk, Kwigillingok, Tuluksak and Tuntutuliak, was welcomed by all parties involved.

“We are committed to equality under the law and fair voting practices and effective access to the voting booth for all Alaskans,” said Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan. “We will vigorously implement the terms of this settlement.”

The settlement recognizes improvements to language-assistance protocols implemented by the state during the 2008 and 2009 elections, while providing for enhancements designed to ensure that limited-English-proficient voters receive effective assistance. Continue reading