Sunday, May 06, 2007

New Report: Feds refuse to Enforce Laws on Reservations

Amnesty International recently released a report, Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA. The report details how federal law stripped tribes of the authority to prosecute felonies (with the Major Crimes Act) and the abdication of responsibility for law enforcment on reservations by the federal government.

Tribes cannot prosecute non-Indians for any crime with the decision in Oliphant v Suquamish Indian Tribe, 435 U.S. 191 (1978). Amnesty has put together a video clip of materials to help explain the how the US government has allowed tribes to become a lawless no-man's land where rape and murder continue to decimate First Nations.

I'm not an expert on Federal Indian law or tribal law, but my wife is and I've a pretty good understanding of the law, so feel free to post questions in the comments or send me an email if you'd like to know more.

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