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Native women's advocates in the United States are praising lawmakers for passage of an inclusive, bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that will afford protection to all women and victims of violence. The bipartisan bill, S. 47, passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, and now by the House, 286 to 138, includes critical provisions to restore and strengthen tribal authority to protect Native women from violence in Indian country.
Planning is already underway for the 2014 conference; now is the best time for Indian and Alaska Native Nations to get involved. (More) UN photo by Eskinder Debebe.
Ecuador plans to open indigenous territories to oil development while promoting its commitment on climate change. (More...)
Native women are murdered at 10 times the national rate; 1 out 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and 3 out of 5 physically assaulted. Even worse, 88% of the perpetrators are non-Indian and cannot be prosecuted by tribal governments. Stand and take action now to restore safety and justice for Native women. Do Something!
by Robert T. Coulter - The Declaration contains more than 15 articles spelling out and protecting many aspects of tribal self-government and jurisdiction. Tribes are studying these detailed provisions, making strategies, and deciding what elements of the Declaration to implement first. The Declaration is a very useful guide for what changes are necessary, but it will take a strong, national campaign by tribes to get serious, concrete changes made.
Within the framework of the 110th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the Indian Law Resource Center, the Alaska Native Women's Resource Cetner, the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (together with its project STTARRS Indigenous Safe Housing Center), and Pouhana O nā Wāhine submitted a joint report to the CERD, evaluating the measures taken by the United States to implement Paragraph 50(e) (concerning indigenous peoples and missing and murdered indigenous peoples) of the Concluding Observations, which was selected by CERD for a one-year fol
August 9, 2023 – Today marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. While it is a day for celebration, it is also a day to acknowledge the hardships overcome and the ongoing rights violations endured by indigenous peoples around the world, including violations of the right of self-determination, criminalization of indigenous leaders, violence against indigenous women and girls, missing and murdered indigenous relatives, land invasions and land grabbing, environmental degradation, systemic discrimination, and unjust laws and legal frameworks.
The Indian Law Resource Center is thrilled with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The constitutionality of ICWA was challenged on equal protection, congressional authority, and anti-commandeering grounds. A long history of case law, legislative intent, and course of dealing with tribal nations support the decision to uphold the law.
The National Partners Working Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the MMIW Family Advisors have organized a National Week of Action (May 1-May 7, 2023) as a call to action in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women. This week-long campaign provides a space for inspiring public healing and compelling accountability for this injustice and honors those who have gone missing or have been murdered. It is essential on the broadest level to acknowledge the historic and ongoing, current human suffering and death that global colonization has brought to Indigenous women.