In northern Arizona and southern Utah, shared experiences of the boarding school round-ups live with survivors to this day. By By Alastair Lee Bitsóí, High Country News. They told Willie Grayeyes (Diné) to sleep in his clothes — to not even take off his black shoes. At any moment, the Tuba City Boarding School staff members said, the 7-year-old would be called upon. Not knowing what that meant, he obeyed, and, in the middle of the night, they woke him. Staffers drove Grayeyes 11 miles to the junction of U.S. Highway 89 and Highway 160 near Tuba City, Arizona, in the [...]
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Application Due Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022. The purpose of these cooperative agreements is to provide resources to improve response to 988 contacts (including calls, chats, and texts) originating in Tribal communities and/or activated by American Indians/Alaskan Natives. This program aims to: (1) ensure American Indians/Alaskan Natives have access to culturally competent, trained 988 crisis center support; (2) improve integration and support of 988 crisis centers, Tribal nations, and Tribal organizations to ensure there is navigation and follow-up care; and (3) facilitate collaborations with Tribal, state and territory health providers, Urban Indian Organizations, law enforcement, and other first responders in a [...]
Justice Department Announces $49.85 Million in Office on Violence Against Women Grants to Support Legal Services and Related Programs for SurvivorsHolly2022-08-26T21:20:48+00:00
The Department of Justice announced today nearly $50 million in Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grants to provide survivors of gender-based violence with access to legal services and improve effective coordination of justice systems impacting victim and family safety. Specifically, OVW awarded a total of $35,659,296 to 59 grantees under the Legal Assistance for Victims Program, which addresses the legal needs of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. In addition, earlier this month, OVW’s Justice for Families Program awarded $14,191,208 to 26 projects that aim to improve the response of the civil and criminal justice systems [...]
Complaint Alleges Idaho Law Violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act: The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit to protect the rights of patients to access emergency medical care guaranteed by federal law. The suit challenges Idaho Code § 18-622 (§ 18-622), which is set to go into effect on Aug. 25 and imposes a near-total ban on abortion. The complaint seeks a declaratory judgment that § 18-622 conflicts with, and is preempted by, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) in situations where an abortion is necessary stabilizing treatment for an emergency medical condition. The United States also [...]
More than 150,000 native children in Canada were forced to attend government-funded Christian schools from the 19th century until the 1970s. MASKWACIS, Alberta — Pope Francis issued a historic apology Monday for the Catholic Church's cooperation with Canada's "catastrophic" policy of Indigenous residential schools, saying the forced assimilation of Native peoples into Christian society destroyed their cultures, severed families and marginalized generations. "I am deeply sorry," Francis said to applause from school survivors and Indigenous community members gathered at a former residential school south of Edmonton, Alberta. He called the school policy a "disastrous error" that was incompatible with the Gospel [...]
MASKWACIS, Alberta — To this day, Flo Buffalo doesn't drink milk — not since two nuns force-fed her the sour milk she had refused at the Catholic-run Ermineskin Indian Residential School for Indigenous children that she attended in the 1960s. Holding out her right hand, she showed how she has never been able to fully straighten it out since a nun severely beat her with a stick. "The nuns, they were real mean," Buffalo said. With international attention focusing on the former school in the prairie town of Maskwacis as Pope Francis visits Monday to apologize for abuses in a system [...]
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is suing the federal government after enduring years of unaddressed violent crime and missing tribal members. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, names the United States, the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and several leading officials within those agencies as plaintiffs. The tribe is claiming the federal government has breached its obligation to keep Northern Cheyenne residents on the reservation safe, and demands that the DOI and BIA fulfill those obligations. "Public safety on-reservation is severely compromised due to the lack of meaningful BIA law enforcement presence [...]
On July 14th, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco directed federal attorneys and law enforcement agencies to prioritize violent crimes against women in Indian Country. In a memorandum, Deputy Attorney General Monaco, declared it a priority for the Department of Justice to work alongside tribal nations and federal enforcement agencies, to address the disproportionately high rate of violent crimes committed against indigenous women. Deputy Attorney General Monaco, said in her remarks, the action reaffirms the commitment by the Department of Justice to promote public safety in Indian country, and respecting tribal sovereignty. As tribes know best how to make their communities [...]
The pain of running a 62-mile race over 22 hours can feel unbearable — but ultramarathoner Verna Volker said she's had ample training: She birthed four kids without medication. Volker, 48, tries to keep pain in perspective as she trains for her next ultra, defined as any race longer than a 26.2-mile marathon. She drinks coffee in the dark and starts running on the river bluffs at 4:30 a.m. Stopping for TikTok dance breaks, she runs at what she calls a "turtle" pace, sticking to soft trails to manage inflammatory arthritis in her knee. When the pain is sharp, Volker remembers [...]
Justice Department Opens Application Period for Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information DatabasesHolly2022-07-01T15:22:37+00:00
The Department of Justice has announced the opening of the application period for federally recognized Tribes and inter-tribal consortia to participate in the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information, which provides federally recognized Tribes the ability to access and exchange data with national crime information databases for authorized criminal justice and non-criminal justice purposes. The program provides training as well as software and biometric/biographic kiosk workstations to process fingerprints, take mugshots and submit information to FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) systems. There are currently 108 federally recognized Tribes participating in TAP. The department will accept TAP applications from [...]