In the 1879 case of Standing Bear v. George Crook, Native Americans were for the first time considered to be persons under US laws. As such, the US Circuit Court in
said they were entitled to sue for a writ of habeas corpus when deprived of liberty by the authority of the
. In 1924 Native Americans became US citizens, with constitutional rights and protections and potentially the right to vote. In 1956
became the last state to give them the suffrage.