Columnist Kelly Cosby of the Kansan highlights one of the most important faces of the Tribal Law and Order Act signed into law two months ago today – the protection it will offer Native American women:
In 2007, Amnesty International issued a report that included shocking statistics about sexual assault among these communities: Native American women are rape victims 2.5 times more often than other women in the U.S. In fact, more than one-third of Native American women will be victims of rape. And, as Amnesty International director recently wrote in an article regarding the necessity of addressing this issue, “women from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas told us that they couldn’t think of a single woman who hadn’t been sexually assaulted.”
Cosby terms those facts “chilling” and goes on to castigate the justice system for failing Native American women – and the media for largely ignoring an inexcusable problem.
At least, she says, the Tribal Law and Order Act is a first step – “It shows that the administration is beginning to take these types of rights violations seriously and wants to do something about them.”