Lisa Murkowski co-sponsors a bill to protect native women from violence and sex abuse.


 Courtesy of HuffPo:

A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation Wednesday to make the federal government step up its response to the largely overlooked crisis of Native American women going missing, being murdered or being forced into sex trafficking.

The Not Invisible Act would help establish an overarching federal strategy for addressing the skyrocketing rates of violence targeted at indigenous people. It creates an advisory committee of local, tribal and federal leaders to brainstorm best practices for stemming violent crime and the trafficking of Native women, and then make recommendations to the Justice Department and Interior Department on how to better direct their resources.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), comes as Native women are facing an epidemic of violence. Eight-four percent of indigenous women experience violence in their lifetime, and in some tribal communities, Native women are murdered at 10 times the national average.

Native women and girls are also disproportionately likely to become victims of sex trafficking, said Cortez Masto, which is partly why so many are going missing. At least 506 indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been killed in 71 U.S. cities, including more than 330 since 2010, according to a November report by Urban Indian Health Institute.

“I know from working with my tribal communities … that human trafficking is occurring,” she told HuffPost. “We need to play catch up on this.”

“We need to play catch up on this.” Man, that is the understatement of the year.

I am aware that this is a systemic problem that affects native women all over the country, but that is especially true up here in the Last Frontier. 

There are a lot of great things in Alaska to brag about, but how we treat women is by no means one of them. 

We have had the highest number of rapes and sexual assaults per capita in the US for as long as I can remember.

And the group most often targeted in those statistics are native Alaskan women. 

There are a lot of variables which contribute to that, including substance abuse, mistrust of authority, and in the villages, isolation and limited access to education.

If this bill is going to have a real and lasting impact it is going to need to address all of that and much more.

I applaud Lisa Murkowski for co-sponsoring this bill, but I hope she realizes this is just the beginning and there is much more that needs to be done. 

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  3. Anon April 4, 2019 at 7:51 am

    OT?”Republican House members on Tuesday compared LGBTQ people to Nazis and claimed cis men would try to “game the system” and benefit from being identified as trans women if Congress passes the Equality Act.”
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  4. Anonymous April 4, 2019 at 8:26 am

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    “Reporter Melanie Zanona tweeted that Rep. Don Young (R-AK) “just physically shoved me and told me to get out of his way ‘d*mnit’ as I was trying to interview another lawmaker outside the door of the House chamber.””
    “After Zanona posted about the incident, NBC News’ Rebecca Shabad claimed Rep. Young once shoved her, tOO.”
    “Daily Beast reporter Scott Bixby added that the Alaska Republican once
    “put a ten-inch knife to John Boehner’s throat during a debate about earmarks.””

    Rep. Don Young is best known for referring to Latino immigrants as “wetbacks” and blaming Alaska’s high suicide rate on public assistance programs.

    He also put a ten-inch knife to John Boehner’s throat during a debate about earmarks.

    • Sarah Jones April 4, 2019 at 9:21 am

      In case there’s any doubt in anyone’s mind about this, Donald Edwin Young, 85, of Fort Yukon, AK is just as liable as anyone else to being charged with assault for laying his hands on another person.

      Hope you’re ok, @MZanona.

      • Why is it called chicken by the sea or in the sea? April 4, 2019 at 10:10 am

        Hey! Alaska’s own Yon Dung says he’s sorry!

        “Rep. Don Young (R-AK) on Thursday called reporter Melanie Zanona of Politico to apologize for shoving her earlier in the day, Zanona said on Twitter.

        Don Young has called me to personally apologize, which I accepted and very much appreciate. Told him we were just trying to do our jobs (which he said he understood)!

        — Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) April 4, 2019

        Zanona’s update came about two hours after she tweeted that Young “just physically shoved me and told me to get out of his way ‘damnit’ as I was trying to interview another lawmaker outside the door of the House chamber.”

        The reporter did not respond to TPM’s interview request, but a spokesperson for Young, Zack Brown, said in an email to TPM that “Congressman Young spoke personally to Ms. Zanona today, and they had a productive conversation.””


        Zachary Grier, 17, a senior at Wasilla High School, asked Young during the assembly why he still opposed same-sex marriage, even after a court struck down Alaska’s ban on same-sex unions. Young responded by asking Grier, “What do you get when you have two bulls having sex?” When Grier answered that he didn’t know, Young told him: “A whole lot of bull.”

        Grier said his principal cut the assembly short after his question. Many teachers later thanked him for pressing Young.

        “I was pretty upset,” Grier told The Huffington Post. “I can understand having your own opinion, and that’s fine. But having your own opinion and coming into a room filled with high schoolers and telling them that same-sex marriage is the same as two bulls having sex — in my opinion, that’s wrong.”

  5. anonymous April 4, 2019 at 8:31 am

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    Acosta sat in silence for several seconds and then asked Clark, “Is that a question?””

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