Letters to the Editor

Important act

August 13, 2010


To the editor:

The Tribal Law and Order Act is bipartisan legislation that was introduced by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D. The act passed the Senate on June 23 as part of H.R. 725, the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendment Act of 2010. The Tribal Law and Order Act addresses disturbing rates of sexual violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and the failure to protect indigenous women from sexual violence in the United States.

The Indian Arts and Crafts Amendment Act of 2010 has been passed by both houses of Congress and was signed by the president on July 29. The Senate bill, S-151, was sponsored by John McCain, R-Ariz. The House bill, HR 725, was sponsored by Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz. HR 725 included the majority of the provisions in the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009 which tackles the complex jurisdictional maze that allows violent crime against indigenous women, and, in particular, sexual assault and violence against Native American and Alaska Native women, to go unpunished and unabated.

Medical Whistleblower, an online network that gathers and disseminates information and provides advocacy in support of medical whistleblowers, wishes to thank the members of Congress who helped pass this historic legislation and recognized the human rights importance of providing proper law enforcement investigation, protection and prosecution to crimes that occur to Native American people.


devobrun 7 years, 8 months ago

I had to read the LTE a coupla times to separate the HRs from the S-s from the D-ND from the various acts and laws and legislation.


When did the indigenous population get a better life via a federal government act?

Here's a plan Ms. Parker: Using the information from Medical Whistleblower, tally sexual violence now. After 2 or three years, compare the new numbers. Continue to monitor violence and Medical Whistleblower and see if the data is manipulated, the acts work, the laws are of any use.

Here's a guess. Violence will not change. Laws won't give perps any reason to stop the violence against native women. Nothing will be any different for the native males who commit the acts against the women. Native women who are attacked because they are prostitutes will still be attacked. Drunk Indians will still be violent and nothing will change.

White man took away the Native American culture. The natives have been unable to rekindle a workable culture, given penicillin, and cheap wine.

Pass all the laws you want.

It isn't up to the U.S. government.

It isn't up to the tribal councils either.

It is up to every individual person in the country. Native or immigrant. Be excellent. Try to do better. Shed the collective in all ways. Be an individual human on the planet and do good things. Above all, do not rely on the collective, whether it is the council or the state, or the feds. They are out for themselves. And you can be a nonviolent, effective and proud individual in this world. You just have to lose the idea that you are a member of a group.

pix_elated 7 years, 8 months ago

devo, please take your copy of Ayn Rand and put it where....., did you ever consider the benefits of pure individualism, the epitome of this bright and shining nation, just recently exhibited on wall street????? Greed is never good, though it might just be your god.

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