High crime rates in Native communities targeted by proposed law

Legislation introduced today seeks to address the problem of high crime rates in Native communities and reservations across the country. The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2008 was introduced by Senate Indian Affairs Committee chair Byron Dorgan of North Dakota. It’s in response to a call by tribal leaders for help with disproportionate rates of rape and sexual assault perpetrated against Native women as well as clarifying and strengthening law enforcement presence in Native communities.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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