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A welcome push to more aggressively fight crime on tribal lands


December 11, 2018

The statistics are appalling. More than a third of Native women are raped in their lifetime and 39 percent are victims of domestic violence. According to the National Congress of American Indians, violence against them “greatly exceeds that of any other population of women in the United States.”

This epidemic of stalking, abuse and assault is a national disgrace. So is the high rate of violence experienced by American Indian men. There’s a particular urgency to stemming this public safety crisis for Minnesota, which is home to seven reservations and four tribal communities. That’s why the state’s newly-appointed U.S. attorney, Erica MacDonald, merits praise for taking swift steps her first year on the job to aggressively prosecute crime on tribal lands.


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