We have been successful!!! The Tribal Law and Order Act was passed and will be signed by President Obama tomorrow July 29, 2010. Our goal of protecting the human rights of Native American Women has been won.
Medical Whistleblower in this year's Universal Periodic Review report to the United Nations emphasized human rights concerns for the violence against Native American Women and called on the President and the US Congress to help end sexual violence and rape against Native American and Alaska Native women in the U.S. Last week, the House passed H.R. 725, to which the Tribal Law and Order Act was attached as an amendment, by a vote of 326 yays to 92 nays. President Obama has responded with his vow of support and his promise to sign this bill into law tomorrow, Thursday July 29th. President Obama said “The federal government’s relationship with tribal governments, its obligations under treaty law, and our values as a nation require that we do more to improve public safety in tribal communities. And this Act will help us achieve that.” We hope this will help address the longtime problem of disturbing rates of sexual violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. The Tribal Law & Order Act of 2009 grants Tribal Courts the authority to impose harsher sentences and requires U.S. Attorneys to keep a better record of declinations involving Indian Country among other provisions. The Act also grants Tribal Courts the authority to impose a sentence of three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000 for a single count. Those are raised from the previous maximums of one year imprisonment and a $5,000 fine as outlined in the Indian Civil Rights Act. See S. 797 on THOMAS for the official source of information on this bill or resolution.