Democrats seek hearing on domestic violence in Indian Country

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) are asking the House Natural Resources Committee to hold a hearing on domestic violence in Indian Country.

Markey is the ranking Democrat on the committee and Boren is the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. Citing a recent New York Times report, they say rates of sexual assault against American Indian and Alaska Native are far too high.

"We are extremely concerned that accountability for violent crimes in Indian Country may be decreasing as Native women continue to be victims of sexual assault at alarming rates,” Markey and Boren wrote in a letter. “We cannot stand idle in the face of this distressing news and call on your leadership to bring this issue to the national spotlight by convening oversight hearings in the near term.”

The letter was directed to Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington), the chairman of the committee, and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.

Get the Story:
Press Release: Markey, Boren Call for Hearing on High Levels of Rape in Indian Country (Rep. Markey 5/30)

Related Stories:
Alaska Natives seek more authority in domestic violence cases (5/29)
Opinion: Race, tribal authority and Violence Against Women Act (5/29)
Editorial: No separate system of justice for Alaska Native tribes (5/29)
DOJ failed to prosecute 65 percent of Indian Country rape cases (5/23)
Tulalip Tribes vice chair shares personal story for VAWA debate (05/23)
BIA disputes Republican report on Violence Against Women Act (5/18)
The Votes: Crossing party lines on Violence Against Women Act (5/18)
Opinion: Native women deserve protection from their abusers (5/18)
Tribes slam weakened version of Violence Against Women Act (5/17)
House approves version of VAWA bill without tribal provisions (5/17)
GOP bill report questions data on crime against Indian women (5/16)
White House raises veto threat against Republican VAWA bill (5/16)
House to debate Violence Against Women Act reauthorization (5/15)
Editorial: Going backward on the Violence Against Women Act (5/15)
Jodi Gillette: Restore tribal court authority in VAWA measure (5/14)
Jefferson Keel: Tribal jurisdiction doesn't violate Constitution (5/14)
Robert Porter: Tribal jurisdiction in VAWA bill protects rights (5/8)
Suquamish Tribe walk raises awareness of domestic violence (5/2)
Sen. Kyl: Tribal provisions in VAWA bill violate US Constitution (5/1)
Levi Rickert: Victory for Native women in VAWA Senate vote (4/30)
Senate backs reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act (4/27)
Tulalip Tribes vice chair pushes for reauthorization of VAWA (4/26)
Sen. Tom Udall floor statement on tribes and VAWA measure (4/26)
Obama administration against Alaska tribal VAWA exclusion (4/26)
APRN: Alaska Natives angry about exclusion from VAWA bill (4/26)
Opinion: Republican VAWA amendment dangerous for tribes (4/26)
No explanation for Alaska Native exclusion from VAWA bill (4/25)
White House reaffirms support for tribal provisions in VAWA (4/24)
Alaska Natives excluded from tribal jurisdiction in VAWA bill (4/24)
Opinion: GOP roadblock to the Violence Against Women Act (4/23)
Speech by Attorney General Eric Holder at VAWA event (4/18)
Sho-Ban leader joins Vice President Biden at VAWA event (4/16)
Editorial: Set aside politics for Violence Against Women Act (03/22)
Blog: Senate Republicans fight Violence Against Women Act (3/21)
Democrats push for action on Violence Against Women Act (3/15)
Opinion: Violence Against Women Act helps Indian women (3/15)
Turtle Talk: Republicans fighting Indian provisions in VAWA (3/12)
Rep. Betty McCollum co-sponsors SAVE Native Women Act (3/8)
Sen. Hatch opposes bill provisions to protect Native women (3/7)

Join the Conversation