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The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010: A Step Forward for Native Women

by Lynn Rosenthal The President just signed the Tribal Law and

Order Act -- an important step to help the fed- eral government better address the unique public safety challenges that confront tribal communities. According to a Department of Justice report, Native American women suffer from violent crime at a rate three and a half times greater than the national average. Astoundingly, one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes. At the White House Tribal Nations Conference in November 2009, President Obama stated that this shocking fig- ure “is an assault on our national conscience that we can no longer ignore.” Last week, Congress took another important step to improve the lives of Native American women by passing the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. The Act includes a strong empha- sis on decreasing violence against women in

In this issue...

1 Tribal Law and Order Act Wellbriety

2 National Black Journalists Convene in San Diego


Chairman Danny Tucker Joins Tehan Woglake

5 Pauma Tribal Members Safe Haven

Barbara Day’s Empowerment Luncheon

6 Yaqui Tribe Announce Enhanced Tribal Card

Airport Expansion Alert

7 U.S. Green Building Council Recognizes New Barona Government Building

NAACP Crack Cocaine and Powder Cocaine Disparity

Natural Meats now in Carlsbad

8-9 Comic Con Photos 10 Phenomenal Women’s Award 11 The Art of Special Forces

12 North Carolina Misplaced Spanish History

13 7th Annual Asian Heritage Awards 14 Las Vegas Uptown View

15 Making Nevada a World Leader in Renewable Energy

FryBread Cartoon

16 21st Annual Sycuan Pow Wow


Native communities, and is one of many steps this Administration strongly supports to address the challenges faced by Native women. The stipulations in the Act that will benefit Native women reflect several Administration priorities. The Act will strengthen tribal law enforcement and the ability to prosecute and fight crime more effectively. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act will require that a stan- dardized set of practices be put in place for victims of sexual assault in health facilities. Now, more women will get the care they need, both for healing and to aid in the prosecution of their perpetrators. Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will now more often encounter authori- ties who have been trained to handle such cases. The Act expands training of tribal enforcement officers on the best ways to inter- view victims of domestic and sexual violence

SEE Native Women, page 3


Photo courtesy NCAI

Jonathan Windy Boy, Vice Chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribe; Senator Byron Dorgan, D-ND; Secretary Ken Salazar, Department of the Interior; Senator John Barrasso, R-WY; Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-SD; President Obama; Representative Ed Pastor, D-AZ; Theresa Two Bulls, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; Representative Dale Kildee, D-MI; Diane Enos, President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community; Representative Tom Cole, R-OK; Lisa Marie Iyotte; Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation; Marcus D. Levings, Chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes: the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara

Wellbriety Movement

Health /Sobriety Movement Sweeping Indian Country by Jaclyn Bissonette

Wellbriety is a word that many Indian people who have suc- cessfully recovered from chemical addictions are familiar with, Wellbriety is a con- cept, and a way of life. Wellbriety means Wellness and Sobriety and today Wellbriety is a movement that is sweeping across Native America. The Wellbriety Movement was started by White Bison Inc., which is a non- profit organization that is located in Colorado Springs, CO. White Bison was founded in 1988 by Don Coyhis of the Mohican Nation, and he is also president

of the organization. Through White Bison the Wellbriety Movement has started to grow throughout Native American communities.

The trauma which Native Americans

suffered with the discovery of America and the influx of European white settlers still affect American Indians today. Some may know this as intergenerational post traumatic stress dis- order. The introduc- tion of alcohol start- ed with the first European settlers who brought the drink with them. This established the begin- ning of a long and

remorseless battle that the Indigenous peoples would for- ever fight. As the settlers

encroached upon the lands and began killing and imprisoning the Indigenous people, a sense of hopelessness occurred. The Natives turned to alcohol as a cop-

ing mechanism and generations dealt with this wound by drinking. This type of genocide is still happening today and this is where the Wellbriety Movement steps up to stop this type of abuse. Today American Indians struggle with drug addictions and alcoholism, and today we have solutions to this disease. Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) started in 1933 with Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob, these two men wrote the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. This book is instrumental in transforming the lives of those who suffer from the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. The A.A. twelve step recovery program has helped millions of people world wide to become sober.

Th White Bison Wellbriety Movement has also come out with a book called “The Red Road to Wellbriety in the Native American Way”. This book has taken the AA Big Book and the twelve steps and transformed them into a book that is centered on Native American spir- ituality and the steps to reach a place of healing. Don Coyhis said “This book holds the cultural piece that was missing in the Big Book of Alcoholics

SEE Wellbriety Movement, page 2

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