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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is presented with a ceremonial Pendleton Blanket? by Phil Baird, Acting President of United Tribes Technical College following Holder’s keynote address at a tribal conference on the campus of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D., on Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says his office will consult with tribes across the country to develop ways to increase voting access for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Holder announced the plan Monday, saying the goal is to require state and local election officials to place at least one polling site in a location chosen by tribal governments in parts of the nation that include tribal lands.

He says after that, his office will seek to work with Congress on a potential proposal.

Associate Attorney General Tony West discussed the announcement later Monday in Anchorage, Alaska, in a speech to the National Congress of American Indians.

Holder and West say the plan is necessary to address reduced voting access among tribes because of factors including English-only ballots and inaccessible polling places.

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