November 2nd, 2023, a three-judge panel in North Dakota’s Federal District Court granted a motion for summary judgment in the Walen v. Burgum case. Meaning that the panel found in favor of keeping sub district 4A in place and deciding that the case will not go to trial. The court reviewed North Dakota’s legislative record and testimony on redistricting which was cited in support of the panel’s decision to leave District 4A as is.
“Upholding District 4A is not a matter of partisanship, this decision protects the rights of Native communities that have faced numerous barriers in electing our own community members. This outcome ensures our right to fair democracy. It is justification that the law is committed to breaking down barriers to voting and is a step toward ensuring equal representation for North Dakota’s Native people.” Nicole Donaghy, North Dakota Native Vote Executive Director exclaimed. “It is a good day for democracy, yet there is still work to be done to ensure that all tribes in North Dakota have an equal chance to be represented.”