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Fremont County, Wyoming, to appeal Indian voting rights decision

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Fremont County commissioners have voted to appeal a federal judge's recent order that the county start electing commissioners from five separate districts. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson this spring ruled Fremont County's system of at-large voting for county commissioners violated federal law by diluting the American Indian vote. The county includes most of the Wind River Indian Reservation, home to the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. The judge's ruling came in a lawsuit brought by members of both tribes.