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Homicide One of the Leading Causes of Death for Native Women

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A new FBI report about the Yakama Indian Reservation comes as no surprise to experts on violence against women. The FBI investigated the deaths of 16 women dating back to the 1980s. The new report concludes they were not slain by a serial killer, but...

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kat y (400)
Monday May 11, 2009, 7:00 am

A new FBI report about the Yakama Indian Reservation comes as no surprise to experts on violence against women. The FBI investigated the deaths of 16 women dating back to the 1980s. The new report concludes they were not slain by a serial killer, but many of those cases remain unsolved. As Correspondent Anna King reports, one of the leading causes of death for Native American women is homicide.

Data recently released from National Centers for Disease Control shows homicide as the 9th leading cause of death for native women from ages 1 to 65. And for certain age groups, that number goes up.

Jacqueline Agtuca is with a tribal non–profit group called Clan Star. It promotes the safety of native women. She says few murders, rapes and assaults lead to convictions on Indian reservations across the country. She blames jurisdictional problems. Agtuca says she's hoping 16 deaths on the Yakama Reservation will prompt tribal and federal officials to respond more quickly to violence against native women.

Agtuca: "Until we have that response on a national level from the federal government who handles these cases, we are not going to see a decline."

U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt in Spokane says many of the unsolved cases on the Yakama Reservation are so old that little evidence remains, but they won't be closed.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 11, 2009, 11:37 am
I'm not an expert on this subject,but I agree with the article and I heard its nationwide.Thanks,Kat.

. (0)
Monday May 11, 2009, 11:39 am
noted thank you

Mandi T (375)
Monday May 11, 2009, 1:36 pm
Geesh~ Tx Kat

Margo Lodge (38)
Monday May 11, 2009, 2:21 pm
That really makes me sick and Native women need to band together, to get the right people moving.

Edward W (87)
Monday May 11, 2009, 2:41 pm
it saddens my heart to hear about this that i want to makes no sense what so ever.this kind of a problem needs to stop.may god be with the childern that are now without a motherand the loved ones that are left behind to pick up the pieces.

Gillian M (218)
Monday May 11, 2009, 3:13 pm
I had thought that the Native women were regarded more highly by their men than that. I am hopeful that the women will get together to demand, and then receive, justice.

sue M (184)
Monday May 11, 2009, 3:39 pm
What is the matter with us women that we will not get up and support these women? Are we so divided by the hatred and greed the media brainwashes us with? Have the fearmongers actually done their job?

Women used to stand and fight for equal rights. What happens to one person, one group, one culture happens to us all!

Past Member (0)
Monday May 11, 2009, 3:40 pm
Women, even Native women, have the right not to be harmed by other humans. Come on, Native American guys, your ladies are worthy of so much better than that kind of treatment.

BernadetteP P (72)
Monday May 11, 2009, 4:09 pm
this sad and herrible that er cant do any thing these woen

Rhonda Maness (580)
Monday May 11, 2009, 5:53 pm
A loud wake up call needs to be made to those who wrap these crimes up in so much red tape that the light reasoning is snuffed out and only shadowed finger pointing can be seen. We all need to make some very loud noise for justice!

Leigh B (211)
Monday May 11, 2009, 7:15 pm
This has got to stop, no woman should be exposed to any kind of violence, especially on these reservations where there is no jurisdiction. Tribal leaders need to get it together and put something in place to stop this violence immediately!

Dee C (23)
Monday May 11, 2009, 7:34 pm
Very sad..and should not be this way..
Thanks Kat..

Sheryl G (363)
Monday May 11, 2009, 7:58 pm
Gillian, it use to be that way before the culture of the Native Americans was disrupted. There has been so much damage to these people in so many aspects, land taken, family members killed, children torn away, women forced into sterialization, forbidden to speak their language, alcohol introduced, spoken down to, starved, beaten, the list goes on. Once a whole culture and society as they knew it was robbed from them, it takes a long time and a few generations to begin to restore the ways that were good to them. Many Indian Elders and more of the young are now learning the traditional ways and are trying to bring these good ways back to all the people. But they also need jobs to support their families, health care facilities, rehabilitation treatment centers, so that there is hope of opportunity for the youth and a strength in the community. Despair brings with it more of what no society is so sad indeed.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday May 12, 2009, 12:16 am
It is time that the Native Americans are acknowledged as a pure and dignified nation.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 12, 2009, 6:51 am
Very disturbing. So much more needs to be done to prevent this.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 12, 2009, 12:49 pm
Unemployment is 80% on Lakota Reservation,60% on Navajo reservation.When you're unemployed and can't afford to buy food and basic,I can see how it relates to abuse,homocide etc.Like Russel M. said Indians are not protected by the US.constitution on reservations.

Em D (204)
Tuesday May 12, 2009, 10:28 pm
All women share the same predators. We must all speak up now for everyone that has not been criminalized. I try to and wish that all women would write to our new President online and speak up. I already have a few times. I know how it feels to have the federal govt mess with your case and what they do in order to ignore your report. They do this on a regular basis to all women in our country and I do believe our states are also told not to bother by the looks of it. We absolutely all must write letters each and everytime we hear of someone that has been hurt in our local newspapers, to our police, online, to our President if need be, to the Senate, to our Congress, to lawyers, to all!-and do not stop. Everytime we make the effort each and everyone of us they must hear it or read it whether they want to or not.

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 1:12 pm

And no, not all the women share the same predators. There are racial predators too.

Janet G (108)
Monday May 18, 2009, 5:48 pm
This is shocking and very sad to my heart.
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