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Native American in Oregon? No ID for you!

October 25, 2006

This is crazy. 

Here in wonderful Oregon, if you are a Native American seeking a driver’s license or other state ID, you’re likely to have a really hard time getting one if you happened to be born in another state.

An article in today’s Olympian reports:

American Indians from out-of-state tribes may have a harder time getting a driver’s license in Oregon than illegal immigrants.

Oregon is one of the few states in the nation where officials from the Department of Motor Vehicles cannot ask people whether they’re here legally but can ask them to prove their identity, using documents that could indicate their status.

But only Oregon and New York restrict its tribal documentation rules to those from in-state tribes, according to the National Immigration Law Center.

I don’t see how the Oregon DMV can’t get sued for this – it should.

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 25, 2006 8:04 pm

    Thanks for generating some visibility for this issue! I’m guessing that if it were American Caucasians from out-of-state tribes, or American Investment Bankers from out-of-state tribes that this would have been remedied as soon as it actually affected anyone. It seems to me that it fits right in with the net affect of most other policy toward Native Americans: it keeps them on their reservations.

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