Two years after the body of Kaysera Stops Pretty Places was found in Hardin, Montana, less than a mile from the Crow Reservation where she grew up, relatives of the 18-year-old continue to pursue justice for Kaysera, whom they believe was murdered, NBC News reports.
Because of the lack of tracking and data collection, no one is sure how many indigenous peoples are crime victims each year — and that makes their victimization, particularly their murders, difficult to stop. Now, advocates are stepping up to enact change.
A tally from police across Canada reveals there are four ongoing criminal investigations and one decade-long probe into complaints involving residential schools over evidence of both sexual and serious physical abuse.
According to the latest report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics on tribal jail populations, some 69 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) released from state prisons in 2012 across 34 states, were re-arrested within three years, and 79 percent were arrested within five years.
The decision is a turning point for Native American law at the High Court, representing a break from reliance on “racist precedents” for guidance, says Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney representing the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
The race for the crucial New Mexico House seat left vacant by newly appointed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has turned into a referendum on rising crime. Republican Mark Moores and his opponent Melanie Stansbury are squaring off over “law and order” issues, even as Haaland focuses on addressing violence against indigenous women.
A “National Truth Commission’ for Native Americans, similar to efforts in other countries to examine historical legacies of abuse and discrimination, can help restore dignity to indigenous populations in the U.S., according to a paper in the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society.