Among people ages 18 to 24 nationwide, the suicide rate is 12.8 deaths per 100,000, and is the second leading cause of death for people between 15- and 24-years-old, according to new data from the CDC. Within the American Indian and Alaskan Native population that age, the suicide rate nearly doubles. Continue reading
Native American women are two and a half times more likely than their peers to experience sexual assault. Often the perpetrators aren’t Native Americans, and because of a legal loophole, perpetrators have been able to get away with it.
Now a new federal law gives tribal courts the ability to bring those perpetrators to justice. Stephen Fee updates this report that first aired in November 2014. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, President Obama called for Iran to release three American citizens, timing his appeal to coincide with the Iranian New Year. Also, Iran, the U.S. and five other powers began a break from nuclear talks in Switzerland. Secretary of State John Kerry said the discussions had been productive, and talks will resume next Wednesday. Continue reading
Native women in the U.S. face some of the highest levels of violence of any group. The Justice Department says acts of sexual assault against Native American women are most frequently committed by non-Indian men, who are generally immune to prosecution in tribal courts. Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act last year, which gave tribal courts jurisdiction over certain domestic violence crimes committed by non-Indians. But advocates say acts of sexual violence on Indian reservations are still happening with few consequences. NewsHour Weekend’s Stephen Fee reports. Continue reading
A federal appeals court overturned a contempt ruling against Interior Secretary Gale Norton, saying that most of the Interior Department mismanagement of billions of dollars in royalties for American Indian land trusts occurred before her tenure. Continue reading