On the Rez: Non-Native Abusers & Law

VICE NEWS: Domestic Abusers Have Gone Unpunished in Native American Country — Until Now

“For thousands of years, tribes have been able to police their territories and communities. But for the last 130 years, the ability for tribes to self-govern has been hampered and undermined by the federal government, creating a safety crisis in Indian Country; this has been most easily demonstrated through the staggering rates of violence against women. VAWA restores tribes’ ability to go after one specific, heinous crime, but it also raises questions about whether a small legal fix can create real change — or provides too little justice…”

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