Skip to main content

Do white men really travel to Indian reservations with the intent of raping Native American women?

Yes.

“(N)on-Native perpetrators often seek out a reservation place because they know they can inflict violence without much happening to them.”

From the Amnesty International report:Maze of injustice: The failure to protect indigenous women from violence page 34

Doesn't this diary title overstate the problem?

No.

Data gathered by the United States Department of Justice shows Native American women are more than 2.5x likely to be sexually assaulted/raped than other women in the United States. 86% of Native American survivors report that the perpetrator was white.Source pp. 3-4

Is there something I can do today - right now that will make a difference?

Yes. Keep reading.

Are these perpetraters aware of and deliberately manipulating the confusing mess of jurisdictional issues to get away with the crime?

Yes.

Support workers told Amnesty International about the rapes of two Native American women in 2005 in Oklahoma. In both cases the women were raped by three non-Native men. Other similarities between the crimes were reported: the alleged perpetrators, who wore condoms, blindfolded the victims and made them take a bath. Because the women were blindfolded, support workers were concerned that the women would be unable to say whether the rapes took place on federal, state or tribal land. There was concern that, because of the jurisdictional complexities in Oklahoma, uncertainty about exactly where these crimes took place might affect the ability of these women to obtain justice.

Source page 27

You must be exaggerating these jurisdictional issues. The police take care of things, right?

No.

When an emergency call comes in, the sheriff will say ‘but this is Indian land.’ Tribal police will show up and say the reverse. Then, they just bicker and don’t do the job. Many times, this is what occurs. And it doesn’t always get resolved, which means no rape (sexual assault evidence) kit, etc.

Source page 33

Okay, they don't go after the perpetrator if they can't identify the perpetrator. But if they know who it is, the police go get him, right?

No.

Rhea, a Native American woman from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (North and South Dakota) told Amnesty International about the experience of her friend, a 21-year-old Native American woman, who was raped and severely beaten by four men in February 2003... According to Rhea, a Standing Rock Police Department (SRPD) officer came to the hospital and questioned her friend while she could still talk. She died two weeks after the rape. Rhea says she spoke to the police officer a year later; he told her the rape case was closed. “The perpetrators are still walking around,” she told Amnesty International...

Source page 6

This is a national disgrace! Isn't anyone doing anything to stop this from happening? Is there any hope for change?

Yes.

Amnesty International has obviously been on the case. Additionally, in the United States Senate, Byron Dorgan has introduced The Tribal Law And Order Act to address these issues. Believe me, I will be writing diaries on this issue and keep you updated.

Has anything anyone has done actually made a difference?

Yes.

Last year the netroots (primarily Daily Kos and Street Prophets) raised $87,000 for a Lakota Sioux women's shelter, Pretty Bird Woman House. We bought them a new house when arson destroyed their old house. You can read the whole story at The Pretty Bird Woman House Blog.

Relevant Posts
The Story Behind Pretty Bird Woman House
We did it! We Bought PBWH A New Home!

Is there anything I can do right now, today?

Yes.

Pretty Bird Woman House is not the only shelter that has been in jeopardy. We are currently raising money for My Sister Friends' House - Mita Maske Ti Ki, another Lakota/Dakota women's shelter in South Dakota. They have lost their grant funding and face closure by September if they don't get enough funding to continue to operate as a shelter. They need $11,000 by August 31st to operate through September.

The end goal is $35,000 by September 30th - three months of operating expenses as they apply for grant funding and get established out on their own.

They have applied for several grants which are extremely competitive. There is no certainty that My Sister Friends' House will get any funding at all from them at this time, but if we bloggers, readers and commenters, can fund them through the next three months, that buys them the time to get more permanent funding.

Please, if you can afford to do so:

DONATE - button is in upper right hand corner of webpage.

Checks can go to:
Mita Maske Ti Ki
(My Sister Friends' House)
PO Box 2141
Sioux Falls, SD 57101

Thank you.

Originally posted to Searching For A Better Way on Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 05:00 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Mark Sumner, buffalo soldier, tmo, hazey, Josh Prophet, hannah, Odysseus, samizdat, Rayne, slinkerwink, Marie, jennybravo, Adam B, jneufnyc, peggy, asimbagirl, Mountain Don, Nina Katarina, tin woodswoman, decafdyke, Powered Grace, sarac, maynard, its simple IF you ignore the complexity, PeterHug, DebtorsPrison, dengre, tommurphy, musicalhair, Shockwave, MsSpentyouth, donna in evanston, Andrew C White, bellatrys, martianchronic, ThatTallGuy, philinmaine, lns1122, celdd, Mnemosyne, Pompatus, xynz, HootieMcBoob, DFWmom, frisco, caliberal, lilorphant, shpilk, Carnacki, Matilda, BenGoshi, object16, freespeech, Thelesis, zeitshabba, LIsoundview, Florida Democrat, silence, sclminc, Morgana, lgrooney, alain2112, Gustogirl, Hatu, bronte17, sponson, mftalbot, litho, brillig, Wee Mama, wonkydonkey, pondside, annrose, AikidoPilgrim, dionys1, nyceve, whenwego, lpackard, jwb, undercovercalico, HippyWitch, ask, CoolOnion, peace voter, RabidNation, boadicea, PBnJ, mkfarkus, buckhorn okie, moiv, marchmoon, Transmission, chimpy, roses, Frederick Clarkson, javelina, peraspera, oslo, juslikagrzly, CodeTalker, luku, House, Fe, sngmama, oceanview, diana04, Cedwyn, jted, lirtydies, SensibleShoes, dksbook, OutOfManyOne, nio, jdmorg, NMRed, resa, jhwygirl, psnyder, Moody Loner, Doolittle, nancelot, emmasnacker, danthrax, sockpuppet, oldjohnbrown, American Zapatista, MadLibrarian, pat bunny, lapolitichick, wordene, MA Liberal, brainwave, grannyhelen, Fyodor, bloomster, Daniel Donner, mcshemp, JimWilson, churchylafemme, pdl ithaca, defluxion10, betson08, dnn, Greg in TN, HollywoodOz, Green Tea, Dave925, walkshills, bwintx, zdefender, horatio in il, KateCrashes, zett, KellyB, randallt, kfred, Man Eegee, lonespark, jcrit, Hardhat Democrat, zannie, kd texan, homogenius, AaronBa, demandcaring, rolet, Irish Patti, xxdr zombiexx, Dave in RI, rickroks, Shapeshifter, oortdust, lam2b2g, Gowrie Gal, Tirge Caps, sxwarren, julifolo, luvmovies2000, Dirk McQuigley, davidincleveland, historys mysteries, Bluesee, marina, radarlady, Tinfoil Hat, DianeNYS, bellevie, gillmp, Gabriele Droz, Elise, Captain Slack, JanetT in MD, Tonedevil, OpherGopher, PBen, vgranucci, sap, Alice Venturi, BCO gal, panicbean, ajsuited, DoGooderLawyer, Valtin, amRadioHed, YucatanMan, Simpletonian, Blissing, Morrigan, majcmb1, Frank Palmer, chicagovigilante, Mr X, washingtonsmith, Sara R, LABobsterofAnaheim, GreyHawk, cassidy3, Ice Blue, gerardbellavita, most peculiar mama, SheriffBart, libbie, Isara, newtonsthird, wiscmass, Silence is Complicity, loggersbrat, jilikins, Cory Bantic, oibme, The Fat Lady Sings, Hannibal, bookwoman, Lindy, Spathiphyllum, proudprogressiveCA, hcc in VA, Arsenic, noladq, Land of Enchantment, lgmcp, lcork, Cletus from Canuckistan, Mother Mags, martini, third Party please, Coherent Viewpoint, LeftOverAmerica, pico, poco, redcedar, steve nelson, Do Tell, tommymet, PatsBard, Fasaha, Pinko Elephant, keeplaughing, BlueInARedState, tobendaro, Themistoclea, Kimball Cross, Ellicatt, koNko, kestrel9000, laurenpatrizi, Scientician, InsultComicDog, KenBee, yinn, karateexplosions, Logical One, rhetoricus, XStryker, TheBlaz, mystery2me, SarekOfVulcan, EquiStar, Elvis meets Nixon, tecampbell, birdbrain64, Tanya, Lashe, gpoutney, bubbanomics, The Hindsight Times, gatorcog, Crashing Vor, imabluemerkin, JVolvo, plf515, CTLiberal, bleeding heart, Preston S, justCal, max stirner, mhw, AndyS In Colorado, ER Doc, middleagedhousewife, SingerInTheChoir, ChapiNation386, Dyana, ilyana, Dianna, Lovo, fiddlingnero, means are the ends, RantNRaven, chapel hill guy, Statusquomustgo, DanC, Mary2002, Bernie68, bstotts, louavul, duha, Temmoku, louise the dog, AllanTBG, illusionmajik, Unrepentant Liberal, bigchin, ignatz uk, old wobbly, sarasson007, ailanthus, Dave the Rave, bvljac, auntialias, SomeStones, hockeyrules, JFinNe, dmh44, moodyinsavannah, godislove, suburi, gloriana, terryhallinan, EdSF, moosely2006, linkage, maxalb, Outrider, ggrzw, Allogenes, edsbrooklyn, FishOutofWater, DvCM, la urracca, kath25, operculum, terabytes, Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle, DWG, silent no more, joyful, londubh, Uncle Moji, Strabo, bnasley, malharden, Kyle the Mainer, 99 Percent Pure, dolphin777, Seneca Doane, jayden, Giodude, rivamer, Singing Lizard, vbdietz, tcdup, mudslide, marlakay, jnhobbs, PixieThis, millwood, Moderation, gchaucer2, Dar Nirron, madgranny, electric meatball, Korkenzieher, eyesoars, pwrmac5, MichiganGirl, IanC, Hjiorst, wuod kwatch, cville townie, Peacemongermom, BustaVessel, Winter Rabbit, MKinTN, fayeforcure, rogerdaddy, Spruce, discocarp, martydd, gundyj, mconvente, VelvetElvis, condorcet, RickMassimo, oolali, weegeeone, TheFatLadySings, Chacounne, cruz, wayoutinthestix, I, LizzyPop, Marko the Werelynx, Cordwainer, mamamedusa, kitkatkos, Cat Servant, mind unseen, Rick Winrod, Akonitum, Randgrithr, minerva1157, jakebob, mikeconwell, Lujane, Ocelopotamus, mayim, thinkbridge, Wek, pickandshovel, MsWings, Quicksilver2723, rubine, mofembot, Seamus D, temptxan, ClapClapSnap, the new, Gemina13, xango715, StageStop, petulans, winterbanyan, LaFajita, LCA, luckylizard, BYw, less god more good, chauie, dont think, magicsister, Pastry Assassin, billybam, jlms qkw, CIndyCasella, legendmn, bennie, Brad007, RedMask, Pris from LA, Bule Betawi, Ran3dy, imgstacke, litoralis, meatwad420, snackdoodle, The Dead Man, holger smed, sunhaws, Shhs, Dopeman, cantelow, CanyonWren, be the change you seek, fatbeagle, ryan81, futurebird, pvlb, crazyshirley2100, velvet blasphemy, smash artist, a girl in MI, Mister Redlegs, TurtleTree, earicicle, SciVo, 4Honesty, Krissy575, Meng Bomin, DefendOurConstitution, Daily Activist, parksdh, Mercuriousss, Parallax857, klizard, beijingbetty, BDsTrinity, redtex, mama hearts obama, elziax, Buffaloflank, TheOpinionGuy, brooklynliberal, Lopez99, doctorgirl, Riyaz Guerra, rdxtion, sanglug, allep10, MAORCA, kevinpdx, synductive99, OffHerRocker, tvmaker, Joeytj, IreGyre, RadioGirl, eclecticbrotha, augustin, diddosMN, Katie71, Denversk, Arcy, fitz2, FundaMental Transformation, Kelly of PA, spicecakes69, myelinate, etara, cooking in brooklyn, orangeuglad, futureliveshere, de las Casas, HowieBeale, Wisteacher, Emalene, Sheffield157, ozarkspark, josecheung, teemel, Mayken, monkey brains, BigVegan, rgrrl, Fairy Tale, Wyote, BrighidG, oohdoiloveyou, oceanrain, angry liberaltarian, bperk, irackobama, marabout40, winkster, drache, kameraDSM, TDreamer, gallimaufry, Pebbles, NJpeach, Dirk Thrust, Obamajority, Blue Blood, KayEmarr, seishin, secret38b, fidellio, stunzeed, Obamacrat, soilwaterman, msmo1918, Mara Jade, lostmypassword, chocolate cliffs, sullivanst, Marja E, FeDhu, HartfordTycoon, axel000, DrFitz, qi motuoche, flekk17, economist 4 change, Black Leather Rain, BlueTesuque, Urtica dioica gracilis, fantanel, dclarke, roystah, VincaMajor, bottles, goodacre, no ideologue

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site