Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

July-30-10

Obama Signs Bill to Combat Crime on American Indian Reservations

President Obama passed a bill yesterday that expands the authority of tribal law enforcement agencies and strengthens communication between federal, state, and tribal law enforcement bodies. The law, which was passed in the House last week and was introduced by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD), is designed to combat high rates of violent crime and sexual assault on American Indian reservations. Obama has said that the bill addresses the "unique public safety challenges" on tribal lands, according to CBS.

Some of the reforms in the bill include allowing for the appointment of special US Attorneys who prosecute violent crimes on reservations, and increasing the sentencing power of tribal courts from one to three years, according to CBS. The bill also emphasizes the importance of trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) and Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, according to an Amnesty International Press Release.

A 2007 Amnesty International Report stated that Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from rape and sexual violence than non-native women. Charon Asetoyer, chair of AIUSA's Native Advisory Council says the law will help remedy this and "underscore the importance of the need for medical staff that collect forensic evidence to testify in a court of law. It is a critical step toward ensuring that Native women's human rights are recognized," according to Amnesty International.

During his remarks yesterday, President Obama said, "all of our people -- whether they live in our biggest cities or our most remote reservations -- have the right to feel safe in their own communities, and to raise their children in peace, and enjoy the fullest protection of our laws." He continued, "when one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes, that is an assault on our national conscience; it is an affront to our shared humanity; it is something that we cannot allow to continue."

Media Resources: President Obama Remarks 7/29/10; Amnesty International press release 7/21/10; CBS 7/22/10


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/28/2014 Study Proves Texas Laws Have Significantly Reduced Access to Abortion - The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) released a study in the medical journal Contraception finding that access to abortion has been significantly reduced since the state enacted it omnibus anti-abortion law HB2. The study, released last week, details the striking impact that HB2 has had on abortion access in Texas. . . .
 
7/28/2014 Wisconsin Will Not Enforce Contraceptive Coverage Law If Employers Raise Religious Objections - Citing the recent United States Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. . . .
 
7/25/2014 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty - By a vote of 12 to 6, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed to recommend ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the full US Senate. "One hundred forty six nations and the European Union have ratified the Disabilities Treaty, but it will require American leadership to ensure the treaty's protections become a reality," said Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. . . .