For decades, tribal areas of the United States — Indian Country, for short — have been some of the most violent and dangerous places to live. Some of the biggest problems law enforcement officials face include issues of criminal jurisdiction, bad communication between tribal, state and federal officials, poor court sentencing powers, and of course, minimal funding.
During the annual State of Indian Nations address today, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Jefferson Keel called on Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with tribal provisions - which have been one of the primary sticking points for House Republicans.
Citing safety concerns of tribal citizens, NCAI President Jefferson Keel said one in three Native women will be raped in their lifetime; four in ten will be abused by their partner; and that Native women are murdered at rates nearly 10 times the national average.
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