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First Nations Voting Rights Conference

24 September 2019 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist

The ACLU of Utah's Legal Director, John Mejia, will be sepaking on two panels at the inagural First Nations Voting Rights Conference at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law from September 25-27, 2019.

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Thursday, September 26
1:10pm; Room 2
Section 203: Language Assistance and the Importance of Indigenous Language Use.
The preservation of language in voting and its impact on the future of the Voting Rights Act. Strategies to elevate language preservation in elections. Advocating for legal parity for written ballots in Native languages.

  • Moderator: Leonard Gorman, Executive Director, NNHRC
  • John Mejia, Legal Director, ACLU Utah
  • Peggy Scott, Certified Navajo Federal Court Interpreter
  • June Lorenzo, Laguna Pueblo/Navajo, Attorney, PhD., Women’s International Study Center


Friday, September 27
10:50am, Auditorium
Panel Presentation: San Juan County Utah.
Lessons for everyone to learn from San Juan County, Utah. What’s the future for San Juan County after litigation?

  • Moderator: Eric Descheenie, Former Arizona House Representative
  • Leonard Gorman, Executive Director, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission
  • Steven Boos, Attorney, Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel, LLP
  • John Mejia, Executive Director, ACLU of Utah
  • Wilfred Jones, Plaintiff Navajo Nation vs. San Juan County, Utah & Navajo Nation Human Rights/Plaintiffs vs. San Juan County, Utah
  • TJ Ellerbeck, Executive Director, Rural Utah Project


First Nations Voting Rights Conference
Sept. 25-27, 2019
University of Utah
College of Law
383 South University Street
SLC, UT 84112
Register here: www.firstnationvote.com

Agenda: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-RKSuh1JeibWCObdfTLXq46OGnmW667o/view

This event is ready ignite dialogues and compare strategies for equal representation, preparation for the 2020 census, redistricting, and rural addressing projects to ensure that every vote on Native Nations across the country is counted.

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