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tv   The Stream 2018 Ep 128  Al Jazeera  August 10, 2018 5:32pm-6:01pm +03

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a positive role in preventing and his commission from taking place here their story on talk to al-jazeera. and frank one feature grew a quarter hip hop artist and you are in the street. i am for me ok and i really could be here in the street is wow the indigenous day and today we are kicking off our series looking at the indigenous issues from around the globe our first topic missing and murder of america the women what's been done to solve the crisis in indian country we'll also hear reasons why so many of these cases go on unsolved you've been impacted by this issue tweet us during the show stream. there are an estimated three hundred seventy million indigenous people in the world that's according to the u.n. which marks august ninth as the international day of the world's indigenous peoples
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so if we do not promote indigenous rights and safeguard the knowledge which indigenous peoples treasure we will harm the destiny of all humanity and human rights to visit the same and mexico environment secretary jorge to scott of her arrest writes today we celebrate the day for indigenous people more than five percent of the world's population consider them our guardians of mother earth now this month we're following conversations from and about five percent of the world and reusing today as a starting point par series called indigenous abuse is there an issue impacting an indigenous group in your part of the world tell us what stories you want to cover with sending a tweet a.j. string. disappearances and violent crime affecting native american women it is an issue that continues to scar native american communities online is being discussed with the hash tag m m i w that is short the missing and murdered indigenous women in
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their cases receive very little media attention and often suffer from a lack of law enforcement coordination between tribal and local police more than four out of five native american women are expected to experience violence within their lifetime on some reservations native women are murdered far above the national average but the numbers aren't entirely clear and that's because comprehensive statistics aren't kept at a national level so we wanted to know why native american women are more likely to become victims of violent crime and what should be done to protect them joining us to discuss this in portland oregon jacqueline keeler is a d.n.a. dakota writer and activist in eureka california anita lucasian is a southern cheyenne descendent doctoral student at the university of left which anita maintains one of the largest databases of cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in canada and the united states and in boulder colorado
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carla frederick's is a director of the american indian law clinic ad american indian law program and that is at the university of colorado she is an inroad member of that madman a hit that's out of carter nation of north dakota ladies i wish i could get you here under better circumstances but thank you so much for helping us on this the series of stories and this phenomena in north america anita this database is extraordinary can you tell us a little bit about it how it was set up what it does. sure well we've got it thanks was inspired by. work that i started a few years ago in trying to assess how all the different ways that native people are mean to disappear within north america and in trying to find an accurate number of missing or murdered native women i found that everyone has a different number everyone has a different list none of them out completely none of them are updated frequently
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and it really was just trying to work through it and so at that point i felt a responsibility to step in and and so about got these not just numbers says he's a people he's a life he's a family can you shed some of those family stories because the stats that we had at the top of the show i can't believe there's almost any major family that hasn't been touched by some tragedy of violence or abuse or something else that almost unbelievable. there really isn't any native family that hasn't been touched by this in some way and to give you an example of some of the cases in the database. you know for me one of the most personal cases is i actually have a runner who has been missing from browning montana which is on the blackfeet nation in northern montana and she has been missing for over a year and while she was in a family member she was
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a student when i taught at the tribal college and she was beautiful inside and out of very bright future was in her final semester about to graduate and you know i was really the grief that her family is experiencing is something that her community feels as well and they really galvanized you on her case because that grief is felt so deeply and fortunately she's not alone in need of course as you mentioned among people are sharing the story of another person right here tweeds this is a living alone bear her body was discovered in a truck at the bottom of a lake in north dakota please consider sharing this so her death isn't in vain and help spread awareness another person writing about her case it is confirmed are smiting sister has been found please pray for her children and her family and all those that have helped in the efforts to find her jacqueline talk to us about thirty two year old north dakota woman who went missing in october twenty seventh
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tina know you were writing about her case and covering the story. yes i wrote a piece for high country news about all the as you case and and they and i got to travel out to dinner to north dakota to tell the community where she's from and talk to her family and see the search going on on the ground and they searched for over over eight months and so it's it was quite tragic news for them to find out that she's a mother of four living children one deceased and and that she and she came home but sadly she came home. you know she was she was found her body was found in a truck that she'd been gone missing and it was found over twenty feet in the water in like suffolk aliya on her reservation checking i think it's important to note that you don't bring in. you know she the truck
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when it was found it had been found for days and her family had struggled with law enforcement for days to get law enforcement to respond adequately in determining that the vehicle was hers and to find out you know if she was in error or if any evidence pertinent to her case was in it and i think that shows a really powerful example of how difficult it can be and working with law enforcement on this issue and how things need to change you know a woman she has children they're about to start a new school year and they deserve to know where their mom was and law enforcement could have and should have responded to that better. you know my article and it was called no crime scene because basically she was told by her family that because there was no crime scene they couldn't even report her as a missing person they wouldn't do they would accept a missing person's report the tribal police and throughout this the family felt very strongly that the that the case was not taken seriously they had you know why
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the searching themselves they were urging they really wanted a search of the water and you know that the reservation is over a million acres and it's in the center of the bokken oil fracking oil fields in arctic oda and it and they could not get the police to address this issue or to to actually search the water and there keep in fact at the press conference after she was found last friday her her her that little bear her cousin said that that they are being put off again about a water search until october they waited for the water to unfreeze and but really it's i hear this story over and over again you know from the loring family in montana here and i live in the pacific northwest on the yakima reservation you know where often sadly enough the police are not helpful in helping to find. hoping to find some and that there is no protocol in place regarding this whole issue about
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tribal police federal police police response generally and so we've actually i'm a member of were brutal and then he got regret tried as you mentioned before a libya was also remember my tribe and we worked extensively with the tribal. issues how to prosecute and investigate crimes on the reservation as jack jack go inside the reservation there's about a million acres and it's larger than the state of delaware there's only fourteen tribal police tribes here tax and so any tribe who used to. paid for a private tribe through whatever revenue it's able to establish through development or through. any number of. your gaming base and to privatise so fourteen police to police the size of the state of delaware and delaware has i think twelve hundred state troopers and that doesn't include local police so there
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is a big mismatch there in terms of things like that you're making it sound like it's a resource issue and it's absolutely resources and it's absolutely jurisdiction so that we rank so with more raising say this they would know they wouldn't be. missing indigenous swimming if there was more money so you know it is that is that a hierarchy of well. yeah about jurisdiction and that's about. so he said what you can do on tribal land and what you can do on non-tribal that's right and the rate that we're talking about that olivia was found in is actually. systemic sent back to atlanta because that rate was originally of the community. which was flooded out to provide electricity for the pixel own project and my tribe was relocated to five segments around the lake and so there is more coastline on my reservation than the pacific coast of california so i don't know how without
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adequate resources and there there's the percy adequate one force that responds our marriage their patient in particular. and carla picking up on what you're saying there and i just wanted to bring this week in because of it it picks up on what carla was saying. tweets under current law tribes cannot prosecute non-natives for sexual assault and native american victims are denied access to justice i mean can you weigh in here how is this. completely true. and. fortunately f.b.i. declined about seventy percent of the cases of sexual assault involving a native victim that they received so you know that creates an environment where people know that that kind of violence is normal and ok and that there aren't any consequences because of these jurisdictional. gaps where people are able to you know exploit. you know i do want to add in discussing the issue of
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jurisdiction and it's not just cases even a case that happens you know off the reservation this jurisdiction question is still an issue so nice i'm going to be very confined to the national audience watching it because even in the u.s. people don't understand this jurisdiction the f.b.i. is on a reservation can they go into reservation and investigate a motive or a missing person and they just kind of do that kind of go a lap they have the responsibility to do that in your head and the big question that i think we would all ask is why why isn't that happening why is that not happening we don't know i think that you know one of the things and thinking about this issue that's been very obvious to me is that it is a human rights issue and there has been a situation through u.s. law where indian people have been dehumanised in multiple ways particularly with respect to when they're in a situation where they're victims of crime instead of being looked at like every other person in the united states what can we do to prosecute this the quick the
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first question is who did it because that's who decides how it's decided how it's prosecuted so is it in india potentially is the way it's potentially going to string what crime is that sometimes you get behind some of the stripping and that that has no direct getting help i. got to finish a sentence go ahead so i'll let you can i sing because it never considers the victim it never considers their family and this is a human rights crisis for him that was. so i just want to address some of the history behind that the if in the early native reservations are not just like parks they're actually sovereign nations within the united states so they have jurisdiction over their own lands and and they have nations actually legally have a status higher than states you know that the the u.s. government doesn't sign treaties with anyone but nations the senate doesn't ratify
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treaties when you're that nations and so what happened was in the nineteenth century there was some disagreements i'm dukkha to sue and and and on a reservation there was actually a person prosecution a murder and back east and you know there was all the yellow journalism going on and they made a big deal about it and so they took away jurisdiction over five major crimes that the tribes enjoyed including murder and so this is why that goes under the jurisdiction of the f.b.i. and then later yes or later even more jurisdiction is taken away in the twentieth century and whereby tribes could not have jurisdiction over non federally enrolled people so if you're not rolled in a federal federally recognized tribes the native nation does not have jurisdiction over you which leaves a huge gap in prosecution of these crimes and leaves native women incredibly
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vulnerable and of course in two thousand and thirteen the violence against women's act was passed with amendments to address this gap but address and a very narrow scope and just with domestic violence only if it's between committed partners so if you're talking about cases of actual sex trafficking you know it wouldn't apply there there is it was spot on for two years this amendment was fought by republicans in congress and some of the arguments are well you know we don't want to try to have jurisdiction over us if we can't vote in their ally. actions but you go to other countries and you are under the jurisdiction of that country whether or not you can vote in that country you know that's just how it is and but there's this great and willingness to basically give tribes jurisdiction over white people and as white men they're committing most of these crimes and in her holding to the data we had which is which is not perfect but allegedly seventy percent of the perpetuators of these violent crimes against native women are white
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men and if that was just ask you this then so then this becomes a race crime hate crimes this is racism well it's definitely i want to see you nodding because i don't want to put was in your own mouth you are native i am not you tell me what it is the part of you i know that this is the only way you can see me that's right that's missing him or indigenous women issue is very similar in my memory to black lives matter. native women matter and our lives matter and what is going on in this country and has been going on in this country for centuries to deny us our basic humanity and our basic right to life you know not prosecuting not anything not investigating and creating a situation that you're describing accurately as one where criminals feel empowered to go and he's going to ration these crimes because they know there is no
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consequence again that it's a human rights issue and it's a human rights issue because. that's what it is and we can call it that and we shouldn't be afraid. and carla in addition to that and then some of the consequences i want to bring this in here because in addition to that the seemingly no consequences there's also people online saying these things also aren't reported as well as they should be any here on twitter says i woke up this morning to see the news talking about a missing woman on the news and thinking about how finding the body of a living alone bear who we mentioned earlier didn't make a blip in national news why because i mean if women staff is as american as apple pie another person marty tweets into the stream saying there is no reporting system there is no news coverage there is no follow up they cut short search efforts and then the families have to rely on fund raising to continue searching for their loved ones and it's a continuous cycle of native people being swept under the rug as if we don't exists and need to why is this so underreported. well i think there's
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a number of factors and it ties into the point that i wanted to make on issues of jurisdiction and racism it's not just tribal police or the f.b.i. that failing native women and it's not just you know this this issue doesn't happen just on reservations for example savannah grey went with mention she wasn't living on the reservation she was living in an urban area and it wasn't tribal police that failed her it was local police there's an ongoing case right now her name is khadija britton she's here in northern california she was kidnapped at knife point by her abusive ex-boyfriend a witness testified to that fact and for some reason that wasn't enough because when he showed up in the courtroom they decided to dismiss the charges because could either wasn't there in court to testify well she wasn't in court because she's still missing and her family is still fundraising and doing ground searches themselves so that's another example of law enforcement that have totally failed to
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not only protect the native woman but hold the perpetrator accountable and that was the county sheriff that wasn't tribal police or the f.b.i. you know and in collecting this data one thing that we've done is compare community source data to law enforcement data to see ok where are the gaps happening and what are those miscommunications happening for example the state of washington recently passed legislation that the washington state patrol is required to collect data on all missing native people in the state and report that to the governor's office we compare the dot of the state patrol currently has to what we have in the database and found the state patrol is missing at least a third of missing native women and girls in the state from their records and of those cases only about ten percent are cases that happen on a reservation so you need to think that really other you know you help you help. all the old and i say sions all the departments who should have this information
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you will helping that man with no legs. weta that they don't have is this the activism and the work that's happening within the community where we are saying this is not good enough i'm wondering if what you're doing can we put that under progress. well actually had he said had he had kept has put together a law suit and his act to cut collect more data right and but if it is it does come down to this idea which one of the two years mention which is that we are invisible in general and so when we are when we die you know it's not national news and or when our bodies are found and often they are not found you know and so it's. you know i think i made a comparison in my article with the movie wind river a hollywood movie depicting. a missing martin to just woman and girl and.
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you know they're the body right away and then it's just simply not the case most of the time but yeah i think i want to show this because i think this helps us sort of visualize what's going on this is a face but the missing in indian country what it does is it shows you some of the people who either missing or there remains remain on identify and it gives you a just a little glimpse into it's not just swimming it's all different members of the native communities but this is happening on social social media and i'm wondering kala is this the way the community is saying we are doing this for ourselves we are not going to be victims forever right i mean i think that's a really great and i think a tremendous amount that can be done with collaboration with the grassroots with the tribes between state and local law enforcement and the federal government and that's really what we've recommended in our work that this is an all harems armed
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attack type of problem. given the type of circumstance that. given the route and the number of cases it does require what we call a comprehensive solution and that comprehensive solution have to be ground in. having a victim centered approach and that's really what's missing no one's working together no when thinking about the victims and what they need is doing is amazing and i'll be emailing her after this if we can integrate her dad into what we're doing but frankly you know and you know it's work should be supported by the federal government because it's their responsibility to collect this data and they're not doing it you know this is this is a player at all government has actually requested access to my data because they know that i have things they don't there was a case last week where someone called in with a tip and said hey we know this girl is missing we've seen her in such and such
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location please check up on her and the f.b.i. had no record of her and had no idea she was missing but she was logged in the database so i was able to provide that information to them and in the process tell them you know clearly this moment has demonstrated there's value in the community maintaining a role in protecting and caring for this data because we do it in a way that these agencies even though they're paid to do it you know and to clarify i'm in pain this is been three years of unpaid work that i've done as a community member. i know we're doing a better job and these are called tell tell us what i'm saying one thing to say when the last one minute of the show so i just mean one thing that makes the situation better cala one thing by one needs to be amended to include all sexual violence credits against women's at. the updates at the shelter as we're in trouble i mean one thing so ban as an act needs to be amended to require law enforcement to pull archival data on this issue and that it needs to be written with an
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enforcement mechanism. tribal sovereignty needs to be reckoned and restored particularly the issue of jurisdiction this is easy also the community they have the answers they have the solutions ladies thank you for joining us we continue our indigenous view series next day and we will be looking at south africa's sam people and other indigenous groups who are taking charge of how i answer politics study them they are giving them guidelines you can do this you cannot do this we also want to know about your indigenous stories that you would like us to tell to you can find us on facebook at the strain and a.j. stream on twitter and then you can tell us your story and i was weak and i in the team like it you'll find it right here in the next couple of weeks thank you so much for watching we will see you on like take care playing. the at. my
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