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Radio: Tribal provisions in VAWA caught up in partisan debate

"Native American women are being sexually and violently assaulted at shockingly high rates in the United States. According to Justice Department statistics, not only are Native American women ten times more likely to be murdered than other women, one in three report being a victim of rape or attempted rape. An disturbing 86 percent of the cases of sexual violence against Native women are committed by non-Native men. Unfortunately, most of the men are never charged due to a 1978 Supreme Court Decision which ruled that native tribal people can not prosecute those who are non-native. In fact, in 2011, the US Justice Department only prosecuted 35% of the rape cases which happened on Native reservations. "

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