The Major Crimes Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1153, passed by the 1885 United States Congress, mandated that crimes such as rape and later sexual abuse that occurred within Indian Country be interceded through the federal justice system. Reportedly, the rates of arrests and prosecution for rape against Native American women by the federal government are low (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000).
In January 2011, a United Nations Special Rapporteur, a formal record of deliberations, on violence against women, took place in Cherokee, North Carolina. The Eastern Ban of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), have no criminal authority over the astounding 88% of violent crimes committed against Indian women by non-Indians ( (Green Media Toolshed Release, 2011). Therefore, the United States Department of Justice, specifically, United States Attorney General Holder, announced in January 2011 the Violence Against Women Tribal Prosecution Task Force in Indian Country ( Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, 2011). This task force is comprised of United States Attorney General Deborah R. Gilg, six Assistant United States Attorneys who work in Indian Country, and six representatives from tribal governments. The task force has a responsibility to improve law enforcement strategies to the epidemic of violence against Native American women.
Although I do not know if the creation of this task force is considered legislation, I feel it is a large step forward in protecting the civil and human rights of Native American women. The connection to the ongoing... [continues]
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