Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Indian childrens new homes link
Native Americans receive the death penalty 38% more often than non Native Americans. Death penalty link
There is currently two million inmates in local, state and federal jails. Of these, 1.6% are Native American. I personally know many Native Americans incarcerated for being Indian. The Incident at Pine Ridge started over stolen boots by a young Sioux, rather than just ask for help from tribal authorities two plain clothed FBI agents in unmarked cars entered the reservation and did not announce who they were and drew their guns resulting in needless loss of lives. this is the beginning of the story of Leonard Peltier.
Native American Reservation Link
Just recently Native Americans were fishing under the 1836 fishing treaty, the Department of Agriculture has been trying to get them prosecuted so that they can join the largest Indian reservation in the United States. The U.S. attorney has refused to prosecute, largely because of the strong backing of celebrities and Hollywood. the big media also is covering many Native American issues since the strong uprising of the Lakota Sioux. It bothers me that so many tribes do not have programs for the incarcerated Native Americans to be reintroduced back in to society. My tribe actually bans many of the incarcerated Potawatomi from living on their reservation. To be thrown out from society by a legal system that has run amok is one thing but to not embrace and rehabilitate the young, teach them a new way of living is the wrong solution to breaking the cycle of crime.
FBI case report link