According to reports by Amnesty International, Native American and Alaska Native women have a rate of rape and sexual assault 2.5 times higher than the U.S. national average. And seeing as how all of us here agree that the U.S. average rates of sexual violence are already much too high, this is clearly far from acceptable. Further, non-native men who rape native women are even more likely than usual to be able to rape with impunity, due to confusion with federal, state and tribal jurisdictions.
But the Senate is considering the Tribal Law and Order Act. And while the name of the legislation sounds a bit sketchy, the descriptions I have found of its contents are indeed quite promising, and the Pretty Bird Woman House is apparently a supporter.
Amnesty International is promoting this legislation, and last week hosted a call-in week for people to let their senators know that they support legislation which helps stop violence against women, including the Tribal Law and Order Act. Though the official call-in week has passed, it is not too late for you to make your call now — so please do.