Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Report: Shocking Crime Rates on Tribal Lands Require Judicial Reforms

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM

A startling report, slated to be released today, indicates that violent crime rates on American Indian reservations can be 20 times the national average.

The 324-page analysis, called "Strengthening Justice for Native America: A Roadmap," is being released a day ahead of a White House Tribal Nations conference.

The report lists no less than 40 recommendations including an expansion of authority to prosecute non-Indians. The recommendations are set to go to Congress for approval.

A nine-member commission, established through the Tribal Law and Order Act, has set a 10-year goal to codify the recommendations. 2024 would mark 100 years since American Indians were granted the right to vote. Some of the recommendations will require acts of Congress, while others can be implemented through administrative policy changes.

The Associated Press that a national panel of law enforcement experts traveled throughout the U.S. to take comment on public safety issues on Native American reservations. In Alaska, commissioners heard from one leader who told them each of the dozens of Native women they had met that day had been raped.

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