Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'violence'

Conference focuses on family violence and trauma

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is hosting its first conference on family violence and child trauma. Charlene Jones, a tribal council member, said violence is common in Indian Country. She said high rates of alcoholism and poverty contribute...

Seminole Nation working on abuse victims' shelter

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma plans to start construction on a domestic violence shelter. The $500,000 shelter will be open to all abuse victims in Seminole County and to tribal members throughout the state. It will have individual rooms, a...

March calls attention to missing Native women

The Native Women's Association of Canada organized marches across the country to raise awareness of Native women who have gone missing or have been killed. About 50 people participated in a march in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Sunday. At least 16...

Letter: Earmark helps Indian women's center

"Rep. John Kline argues that federal earmarks are a "waste of your hard-earned tax dollars" and should be eliminated entirely. While I have no doubt that significant resources are squandered on seemingly inane projects, and a review of the federal...

Domestic violence a topic at tribal leaders summit

Violence against women was discussed at the United Tribes Tribal Leaders Summit in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Wednesday. Cecilia Fire Thunder, the former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, said women are revered in Lakota teachings....

Former Navajo police officer charged with murder

A former police officer for the Navajo Nation is being charged with the murder of his girlfriend. Harrison Largo was charged in 2002 with savagely beating Freda Toledo Smith and her daughter. But the charges were reduced after Smith...

Audit finds BIA schools unprepared for violence

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is unprepared to prevent violence and protect the safety of children and staff at its schools, according to a report released earlier this month. About 60,000 American Indian and Alaska Native children attend 184 elementary...

Amnesty International: Justice for Indian women

"N. Bruce Duthu rightly points to the need to restore tribal authority over cases of rape and sexual assault committed against Native American and Alaska Native women and to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Senator Byron L. Dorgan...

Navajo medicine man sentenced for rape

A 70-year-old Navajo medicine man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl in New Mexico. David Filfred initially denied having contact with the girl, who became pregnant following the assault in 2002. DNA tests showed...

Rumsey Band donates $500K to womens' safe house

The Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians donated $500,000 to help an organization in Sacramento, California, build a safe house for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. The 12,000 square-foot WEAVE Safehouse will provide more space to help women and...

Seminole Nation for domestic violence shelter

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma will build its first domestic violence shelter. The tribal council approved $250,000 towards the safe house. Additional funds will be raised for the $500,000 project. The shelter will be open to tribal and non-tribal...

Opinion: Restore jurisdiction over non-Indians

"One in three American Indian women will be raped in their lifetimes, statistics gathered by the United States Department of Justice show. But the odds of the crimes against them ever being prosecuted are low, largely because of the...

Law and order bill wins praise in Indian Country

A bill to improve law and order in Indian Country won praise on Wednesday though time is running out for passage this year. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee spent nearly two years working on the comprehensive measure. S.3320 includes provisions...

Passamaquoddy officers cleared in fatal shooting

Maine attorney general Steven Rowe has cleared two officers of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in the fatal shooting of an armed man. Officer Alexander Nicholas II and game warden Scott Francis shot and killed Douglas P. Kelley Jr. on the Indian...

Steve Russell: Family violence docket an ugly one

"Having grown up in rural Oklahoma, I knew family violence was a problem, but I have to admit I was ignorant of the size of the problem. It first hit me when I was the administrative judge on the municipal...

Saginaw Chippewa mother puts life back together

Christina Keschick, a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, didn't expect that being a victim of domestic violence would lead to her eight children being taken away from her. Keschick was regularly beaten by the father of her...

Man sentenced to 200 months for sexual assault

A man from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota was sentenced to 200 months, nearly 17 years, in federal prison for aggravated sexual abuse. Jason Pumpkin Seed, 20, was found guilty by a jury in March. Witnesses said he...

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