In the “U.S.” last year, Congress approved a law — promoted by the Obama administration — that for the first time will allow Indian tribes to prosecute certain crimes of male violence committed by non-Indians in Indian country. The Justice Department on Thursday announced it had chosen three tribes for a pilot project to assert the new authority.
While the law has been praised by tribal leaders, native women and the administration as a significant first step, it still falls short of protecting all Indian women from the epidemic of violence they face on tribal lands.
The new authority, which will not go into effect for most of the country’s 566 federally recognized Indian tribes until March 2015, covers domestic violence committed by non-Indian husbands and boyfriends, but it does not cover sexual assault or rape committed by non-Indians who are “strangers” to their victims. It also does not extend to native women in Alaska.
Ojibwe member Lisa Brunner (Program Specialist for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center) is out to change this. Read more here: [New law offers protection to abused Native American women]
The way that women are treated and the way that the land is treated are interconnected, and enmeshed.
“New law offers protection to abused Native American women”