U.N. official, tribal leaders meet on U.S. Indian policy

Read here: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20120504_11_A13_CUTLIN187212

“Known in U.N. lingo as a “special rapporteur,” James Anaya ended a two-week official tour of the United States with a stop at the University of Tulsa. Speaking one after the other for four hours and sometimes speaking in native languages, more than 30 tribal leaders offered testimony on the history and current living conditions of various Indian groups….  Anaya, after visiting Alaska, Oregon, South Dakota and now Oklahoma, will compile a report on how U.S. policies stack up against the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, choked up while describing the alarming rates of violence against Indian women, who are 2.5 times more likely to be raped than other American women. One in three Indian women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetimes and three out of five will face domestic abuse, Baker said, citing various studies.  [very sad indeed…Lara]

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