Tribal Justice: Prosecuting Non-Natives For Sexual Assault On Reservations (VIDEO)

RED POWER MEDIA

Native American women are two and a half times more likely than their peers to experience sexual assault. Often the perpetrators aren’t Native Americans, and because of a legal loophole, perpetrators have been able to get away with it. Now a new federal law gives tribal courts the ability to bring those perpetrators to justice. Stephen Fee updates this report that first aired in November 2014.

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STEPHEN FEE: Lisa Brunner spent her childhood on and around the White Earth Indian reservation, a huge tract of land in northern Minnesota that’s home to around 4-thousand Native Americans like her. Brunner grew up surrounded by domestic violence and since has become a leading advocate for Native victims of abuse.

LISA BRUNNER: “It’s happening every day.”

STEPHEN FEE: Native women in the U-S face some of the highest levels of violence of any group. According to the Justice Department, one in three…

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