Feds working again to stop abuse on Indian reservations

The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled a new legislative proposal to stiffen federal prison sentences for certain domestic violence crimes in Indian Country and to expand tribal authority to enforce protective orders against non-natives living on reservations.

Reports show that domestic violence against Indian women is at an epidemic rate. One-third of all Native women will be raped, nearly 60% are assaulted by their partners, and murder rates are 10 time shigher for Native women than the national average.

According to a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case, tribal governments do not have criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians. This ruling has negatively impacted the ability of tribal governments to protect their female citizens from violence by non-Indian domestic partners.

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2 Responses to Feds working again to stop abuse on Indian reservations

  1. Brian says:

    This is truly unfortunate. Such shocking, horrible news.

  2. This data of violence reveals that there is no justice, no law and order. Are they part of a republican country?? Local administration is so useless that they can’t protect their family members. Really shameful…

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