Friday, May 22, 2015

Despite Thune, Noem hypocrisy Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate implementing VAWA fix

Kristi Noem wants to end human trafficking in the United States but not in South Dakota.
An agreement between the Sisseton-Wahpeton-Oyate Tribal Council and Richland County was approved Tuesday which will allow certain inmates to be held at the Wahpeton jail facility. The Sisseton-Wahpeton-Oyate tribe, which is located within seven counties in North Dakota (Richland and Sargent) and South Dakota (Codinton, Day, Grant, Marshall and Roberts) now has the authority to prosecute all crimes of domestic violence. This follows the passage of the Violence Against Women Act which recognizes a tribe’s inherent power to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction over certain defendants. The result is the tribal council being able to take a stronger stand against violence in the community.
Read it here.
Dear white men: Move to an Indian reservation today, get an Indian girlfriend, and beat her all you want!” This is what Congresswoman Noem and her Republican lackeys want you to know. Of all American women, Indian women need the most protections. 1 out of every 3 Native women will be raped, 39% will be victims of domestic violence. Kristi Noem thinks this is ok, but I am pretty sure rape and domestic violence are not very Christian. South Dakota’s Congresswoman Noem (R) and the House Republicans are trying to strip the protections for Native women from the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) this Tuesday in Congress. [Jayson Brave Heart]
Noem voted against protections for women and to protect white stalkers. She was the only woman to vote against both Senate and House versions reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Now, under revised VAWA provisions tribal courts can prosecute more crimes:
A 1978 U.S. Supreme Court ruling stripped tribes of any criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians on their reservations. But the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013 allowed tribes to charge non-Indians who are married to or in a partnership with a tribal member for domestic violence crimes and violations of protection orders. The Justice Department has said that American Indian women suffer from domestic violence at rates more than double national averages. [Associated Press]
Noem has a reputation for being on the wrong side of history.

Photo: Rep. Aaron Schock and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) at the Great Wall of China last April.

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