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An Ongoing Crime

Posted by Gerald on July 17, 2007

Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be victims of sexual assault than other American women.  1 in 3 of these women will be victims of sexual assault.  Part of the problem is the result of an ongoing erosion of funding and support for Tribal law enforcement while the responsible Federal law enforcement authorities put their focus elsewhere.

The number of white perpetrators of these crimes and the role of Federal authorities here makes this the most recent chapter in the ongoing history of crimes against the Native populations of this hemisphere.  We have a moral obligation to act.

There is a debate going on about funding in support of the Violence Against Women Act and of Title IX of that act, which specifically addresses the situation for Native American and Alaska Native women.

Please click here to find out more and to help support Amnesty International in its efforts to support fully funding the VAWA.


3 Responses to “An Ongoing Crime”

  1. bridgett said

    Of all the things I teach in my American Indian History class, the “legacies of colonialism” section (1980-present) is the part that provokes students the most. I only cover a couple of interconnecting issues — tribal sovereignty; reproductive rights (forced sterilizations); health and environmental racism; tribal economics; political representation; identity politics and global rights movements — but after a whole semester, this is sufficient to make the point. They want to believe that their society has transcended the hate and that while admittedly, bad things have happened in the past, it’s all better now. It really troubles them that the injustices are so manifest and that there are those who are actively working to make things a whole lot worse.

  2. Gerald said

    I have a similar experience in my History of Africa course. We spend a fair amount of time looking at contemporary issues like debt relief, development policies, and prices of drugs for AIDS. Many of them see no connections with Africa, and certainly no responsibility on the part of Americans for colonial exploitation “since America didn’t have any colonies.”

    Then we start talking about Firestone…

  3. bridgett said

    America didn’t have any colonies? What the hell do they think the Phillipines were? (Leaving aside my contention that the mainland “territories” were the marchlands of empire and training ground for American imperial policy…) I know, I know. They are 18 and have never been more than fifty miles from home before. I talked to a crop of them yesterday.

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