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Testimony of Mary L. Smith Before the ABA Presidential Diversity Initiative Fact-Finding Hearing, February 12, 2009
Amnesty International issues One year Update to Maze Of Injustice Report (July 15, 2008) Amnesty International released a One Year Update to its initial April 25, 2007 Report entitled " Maze of Injustice ." Native women are victimized at 2.5 times the rate of other racial and ethnic groups. Their attackers are more likely to be non-Native, according to government statistics. But tribal governments are hindered by federal law and court decisions. They cannot prosecute non-Natives and they cannot impose a sentence greater than one year or fines of greater than $5,000. State and federal governments can prosecute non-Indians. But Native women advocates say the crimes often go unprosecuted. " Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA " focuses on three areas: Oklahoma, Alaska and the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North and South Dakota. It contains the stories of Native women victims and makes more than 50 recommendations to change the justice system. Click here for more information .