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Column: Alaska politicians oppose protections for Native women

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Columnist Shannyn Moore explains why Native women in Alaska aren't protected even with the enactment of S.47, which reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act:
President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act this week. Finally, something bipartisan passed!

American women are better protected from coast to coast -- but all the way up north? Left out in the cold.

First, you should know a few facts. Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other American women.

The vastness of Alaska works against victims here. We have about 140 villages with no state law enforcement. Gov. Sean Parnell believes he can get some help to them in the next 10 years. In the meantime, they are, depending on weather, days from having a state trooper available to protect them and enforce the law.

Fifty villages have tribal or village police. The remaining 90?

Zero. No law enforcement.

Get the Story:
Shannyn Moore: Alaska politicians stand in the way of protections (The Anchorage Daily News 3/9)

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