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Group beginning to examine bias in ND courts
26 March 2010


PLANNING THE STUDY: At center, Dr. Erich Longie (Spirit Lake) makes a point about how to structure citizen input during public meetings being planned by the North Dakota Commission to Study Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts. The discussion took place March 26 during a meeting at United Tribes Technical College. Dr. Longie is one of 22 commission members empanelled by the State Supreme Court to examine the state court system for unfairness based on race, ethnicity or minority status. Their study is to review processes, procedures and outcomes; they hope to conduct surveys of the public, jury members, court personnel, judges and attorneys, and hold public meetings on and off reservations, the first of which is expected to take place during the summer in Fargo. Their next meeting is scheduled for May 21 in Bismarck. To see a list of commission members and review meeting agendas visit www.court.state.nd.us/.

United Tribes News photo Dennis J. Neumann

 

 

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