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Warrior
Apr 24th, 2007, 10:35 PM
American Indian Women Face More Assaults




By JENNIFER TALHELM
The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 24, 2007; 3:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- American Indian women are more than twice as likely to be raped as other U.S. women, and the suspects often go free because of confusing police jurisdictions and a lack of nurses, Amnesty International reports.
The human rights group said Tuesday that at least one in three Indian women will be raped or sexually assaulted, compared with fewer than one in five U.S. women overall.







Confusion about whether state, federal or tribal police should respond means victims might not see a police officer or a nurse for hours or days, if at all. Even if a rape victim is taken to an Indian Health Service clinic, almost half lack staff trained to provide emergency services to victims of sexual violence, researchers said.
"What this amounts to is a travesty of justice for the tens of thousands of indigenous survivors of rape," said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA. He contended the U.S. government's treatment of Indian rape victims is a violation of human rights.
At a news conference Tuesday, Cox said the group will press Congress to fully fund the Violence Against Women Act at $683 million. Tribes would get about 10 percent of various grant programs under the act. Members also will push for money for more sexual assault nurse examiners at tribal clinics.
State and federal officials have pledged to fight skyrocketing crime rates on Indian reservations related in part to methamphetamine and other drug abuse.
Indian reservations, which are often rural and poor and lack large police forces, have long struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and related crimes. Meth has made the problem worse in recent years.
Amnesty International used sexual violence statistics from a Justice Department survey. The group focused on three locations: Alaska, Oklahoma and the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North and South Dakota.
The report indicated at least 86 percent of the reported rapes or sexual assaults of Indian women are by non-Indian men.
State, tribal or federal police might be responsible for investigating, depending on the seriousness of the crime and whether the perpetrator is an Indian.
The maze of law enforcement jurisdictions on Indian reservations has created "areas of effective lawlessness which encourages violence," according to the report.
During Tuesday's news conference, Renee Brewer, a domestic violence worker from Oklahoma, said rape victims sometimes must wait for help while tribal and local police hammer out who should respond to the crime.
"Imagine having to tell your story multiple times to authorities in multiple systems that may or may not be working in collaboration," Brewer said.
Tribes ultimately want the resources and ability to provide public safety themselves, said Sarah Deer, a tribal law specialist from Minnesota and a member of the Muscogee Nation.



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/24/AR2007042401063.html

Wannabeknowitall
Apr 24th, 2007, 11:21 PM
Well the good thing is I learned about confusing police jurisdictions between state and tribal from Anna Nicole's death.
The bad thing is I learned about confusing police jurisdictions between state and tribal from Anna Nicole's death,

I really hope something can be done about this because almost a 600 year history of rape from non-Native Americans is fucked up.

LeRoy.
Apr 24th, 2007, 11:47 PM
i often wonder how they come up with these numbers in general

BigB08822
Apr 25th, 2007, 03:55 AM
My initial thought was that this was because so many of the Indian population has problems with alcoholism. I thought maybe the men got drunk and then raped their wives, girlfriends, friends, etc. However, the study says 86% of the rapists were not Indian at all. Hmm...

skanky~skanketta
Apr 25th, 2007, 10:21 AM
I understand that we Indian women are gorgeous, but wtf?! This is ridiculous! Rape in general is. Hence my wish for all rapists to be castrated.

antonella
Apr 26th, 2007, 02:23 AM
I understand that we Indian women are gorgeous, but wtf?! This is ridiculous! Rape in general is. Hence my wish for all rapists to be castrated.

Calm down, :lol: it's about aboriginal 'Native American' Indian women,ie. Sioux, Ojibwa, Cheyenne,etc., not women from the Indian sub-continent. And yes all rapists SHOULD be castrated.:fiery:

Cat's Pajamas
Apr 26th, 2007, 02:26 AM
I don't know if I believe this :shrug:

It just doesn't make sense...

Dementieva_Dude
Apr 26th, 2007, 03:15 AM
I don't know if I believe this :shrug:

It just doesn't make sense...

I'm just curious as to why you think this doesn't make sense.

skanky~skanketta
Apr 26th, 2007, 06:27 AM
Calm down, :lol: it's about aboriginal 'Native American' Indian women,ie. Sioux, Ojibwa, Cheyenne,etc., not women from the Indian sub-continent. And yes all rapists SHOULD be castrated.:fiery:
:o well, indian indians have a problem with alcohol and india has got a high rape thing going on so i got carried away. :tape:

"Sluggy"
Apr 26th, 2007, 07:45 AM
Eat shit to the castration idea.

mandy7
Apr 26th, 2007, 07:47 AM
Eat shit to the castration idea.

you're an asshole.
rapists and sluggy's should ALL be castrated.

Bacardi
Apr 26th, 2007, 08:29 AM
I don't know if I believe this :shrug:

It just doesn't make sense...

That makes 2 of us. One in 3 Indian women will be raped, OK now seriously go poll and ask 3 different random Indian women if they've been raped. Half the news stories are blown completely out of proportion, as I'm sure this one is. Next we'll see 'Blondes 5 times more likely to be raped than Brunettes'. I just have trouble with all these reports like this singling out certain groups and saying such things. If you want to believe it fine, but such reports like this are the same ones that say 'African Americans Prone to Violent Acts', which were at the turn of the century the cause of so much trouble against African American's and abuse. Reports detailing race to me are disgraceful, and creates stereotypes.

Now as for this deal about Native Americans requesting more money budgeted to them for the Violence Against Women Act, they want 10%? I'm not so sure their numbers would actually say out of American's 10% are Native American. I don't know, they fought so hard to have their "Indian Reservations" so they could have their Casino's and keep all the money, not being required to pay taxes. If they don't chip in and try to keep themselves as separate from the rest of the surrounding counties, cities, states, hell even the US why should they be given money from our funding? Sure you could argue that we walked in and robbed their land, but what I'm saying is they wanted their lil Casino's with the alcohol and so on, such places in certain towns especially in a small Indian Reservation are breeding grounds for crime. Because while they might generally be peaceloving, it doesn't mean the drunk idiots that stroll into the Reservation to go to the Casino are peaceloving, they are often anything but.... What I'm getting at is, they wanted to try sooooo very hard to be separate with their Casinos, no taxes, own police forces, schools, officials and so on. Several even having their own laws, then why would they want to depend on the US for funding? Basically they want to say this: I want my own tax free land, my own laws, my own police/officials/investigators/etc, to have a Casino/Gambling (in places otherwise it's illegal) I want all that myself & you can't step in with your government and do or say a damn thing about it, but yeah I'll take 24.3 MILLION US DOLLARS from you (which is like 10%).

Dementieva_Dude
Apr 26th, 2007, 03:18 PM
Native Americans are the single most subjugated group in the US. A lot of people forget that. Considering rapes are usually UNDER-reported, I'm willing to believe that these stats are valid - at least with the point being that Native American women are more likely to be raped than other women.

That being said, if we use data form the 2000 census, there are about 2.4 million people who claimed to be fully Native. I think it's reasonable to spend $10 per person (it's much less than that when you count people who are part Native) to fight the mistreatment of women. Maybe I'm odd, as I don't want ANY woman to be mistreated, regardless of race, and I would advocate more spending on the issue anyways...

And as for the argument that Bacardi posed. I don't know where to begin...so here goes nothing (which is the amount I'm sure other people will care)

I don't know, they fought so hard to have their "Indian Reservations" so they could have their Casino's and keep all the money, not being required to pay taxes.
First of all....Most Natives were forced onto Reservations so that their land could be given to the government/settlers/white people. The vast majority (if not all Native groups) did not choose to live in a Reservation for the purpose of owning a casino. You seem to equate the 2 ideas and it's not true. And the money from casinos goes into replacing funding that the government doesn't provide them.

Sure you could argue that we walked in and robbed their land, but what I'm saying is they wanted their lil Casino's with the alcohol and so on, such places in certain towns especially in a small Indian Reservation are breeding grounds for crime. Because while they might generally be peaceloving, it doesn't mean the drunk idiots that stroll into the Reservation to go to the Casino are peaceloving, they are often anything but....

You just brushed aside one of the few points you made that was actually true. They WERE forced off of their land. Apparently you don't care. There was not a trade along the lines of "Give us your land and we'll give you a Casino". The casinos came about (as a way for Native Reserves to make money and to fund themselves out of poverty) HUNDREDS of years after their land was taken. You also make it sound like having a casino in town makes it OK to treat women with disrespect...and that's crap. It's like saying "She deserved to be raped, she was wearing a short skirt". It's a cop out, and doesn't address the real issue.