While there are some excellent points here about holding our Native men accountable, I think it is unfair to portray advocates who have worked for an Oliphant fix as "preserving rape culture." Most of the work being done in many tribal communities to address domestic violence and sexual assault does not need the blessing of the federal government, therefore we may not hear about it as much in the national media. The national focus on non-Native perpetrators has been necessary as part of an overall decolonizing efforts to restore tribal jurisdiction, so tribal people can hold all offenders accountable in tribal courts. Because we don't have data for each individual nation, the percentage of non-Native perpetrators may vary from community to community. However, whether a tribal nation is dealing with 1% non-Native offenders or 100% non-Native offenders, as sovereign nations they should be available to take action in all cases. The effort to correct Oliphant is something that many advocates and tribal leaders have identified as a national priority since 1978. Raising awareness about Native perpetrators and working for restored jurisdiction are not mutually exclusive. While the national media may be focused on non-Native perpetrators, I can guarantee that many advocates are working furiously at the local level to hold Native men accountable as well.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 17:49