State of Indian Nations: Protecting Women

[imgbelt img=NCAIspeech3.jpg]Native nations are contributing to America’s economic recovery, says President Keel of the National Congress of American Indians. But tribes need more ability to make decisions for themselves to be most effective, citing federal law enforcement policy as a key example.


Editor’s Note: The State of the Indian Nations Address was delivered Thursday, February 14, by National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel. The speech focused on congressional actions that could improve economic and social conditions in Indian Country. In this excerpt, President Keel describes how passage of the federal Violence Against Women Act would address a serious failure in Native law enforcement. For the full speech and a video replay, visit the NCAI website. 

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