This article speaks to more than one painful truth, among them the level of corruption, cronyism, and nepotism that exists within too many tribal governments.
Mismanagement is often a euphemism for what amounts to outright theft – so the PR tribal government wanted to celebrate AIM’s murderous rampage at WK2 by marking a day as an anniversary celebration of “liberation”, a liberation that never took place.
So much so they even attempted to raise “donations” to the tune of $50,000 to facilitate the effort – what ensued was a celebration of common sense when the response amounted to a slap down.
$50,000 to “celebrate” murder and mayhem and yet no comparable effort to raise funds for a women’s shelter or to refrain from “mismanagement”.
$50,000 to flush down the toilet without a penny of it going to address the poverty existing on PR even while such poverty is a common talking point.
“Many victims have stopped reporting after finding no help is available. The actual number of domestic violence incidents may be double or triple,” Clausen said.
Actual numbers may be double or triple and begs the question why would an abused woman fail to report it?
The answer is obvious and it’s manifold in nature in view of the realities – realities that include threats, additional abuse, a dysfunctional tribal government, being ostracized, a spouse or partner who opts for the easy out and blames the woman for being raped, and nowhere to go.
An additional question is why isn’t every indigenous site on the net making this a focal point? Why they aren’t they at least editorially kicking ass and taking names?
Used to be a time when newspapers would list the names of “johns” – I’ve heard there were even billboards to that end.
I think ndn country could use a little of that – erect a billboard or two with the names of abusers and rapists, communally shame and shun them since it would be a violation of their “rights” under the colonial law tribal governments have fashioned themselves after to ban them.
Shunning, shaming, and banning are among the approaches that would have been taken under the “old ways” we like to talk about. Had a person abused or molested a child they would have been lucky to escape with their life, and among the majority of the nations raping a community member could well have led to the same response.
Put their names in bold print in newspapers, post flyers in neighborhoods like is required of sex offenders – identify these “warriors” in such a manner all would know.
Doesn’t sound like something real last Indians would do? Not politically correct?
I submit real last ndns don’t go around abusing or raping women or children – and I could give a rip about what is “politically correct”. I submit a warriors role is to provide, including a safe environment, and also to protect every woman and child among them.
Life’s Matter? When – is it only if you’ve been murdered?