Elizabeth Morris: More funding won't stop Indian child abuse

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on victim services on June 10, 2015. Photo from SCIA / Flickr

Elizabeth Morris, the founder of the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare who was active in an anti-Indian group, doesn't think tribes deserve more federal funding:
On June 10, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing "Addressing the Need for Victim Services in Indian Country." We agree all assault victims in the U.S. need help, however, we disagree the solution is more funding to tribes.

The adage — the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results — applies. Crime and corruption thrive with funding and lack of accountability.

Hearing testimony:

1) One rape or child sexual abuse reported every other day on some reservations.

2) Violence accounts for 75 percent of the deaths of Indian children between 12 and 20.

3) Many leaders/social workers contribute to the abuse.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is "horrified" — though she’s been told numerous times over the years and admits she saw the same stats in the 1990s as attorney general. Her solution: additional funding to tribal governments.

Get the Story:
Elizabeth Morris: Abuse solution isn't working (The Bismarck Tribune 6/20)

Committee Notice:
Oversight Hearing on "Addressing the Need for Victim Services in Indian Country" (June 10, 2015)

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