Based on the outstanding comments from the student editors at the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and from off-list comments (some of which were pretty passionate), I’ve made some significant changes to the paper. As alway,s off-list comments are welcome.
Here is the paper:
According to U.S. Department of Justice statistics, one out of three Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and three out of four will be physically assaulted.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The epidemic proportions of violence against Native women in the United States continues to gain global attention. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hold a hearing on Oct. 25, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. at the General Secretariat Building of the Organizations of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. The Commission is an autonomous organ of the OAS, created by countries to protect human rights in the Americas.
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Violence against Native women began at contact when the new immigrants came with the Patriarchial concept from Europe…before contact most of North American 1st Nations people were Matriarchial….
Nothing is more real than the woman’s superiority.
It is they who really maintain the tribe, the nobility of blood, the geological
tree, the order of generations and conservation of families.
In them resides all the real authority: the lands, the fields and all their harvest
belong to them; they are the soul of the councils, the arbiters of peace and war,
they hold all the taxes and public treasure; it is to them that the slaves are entrusted;
they arrange the marriages; the children are under their authority; and the order of succession is founded on THEIR blood….
The Council of Elders which transacts all the business does not work for itself.
It seems that they serve only to represent and aid the women in the matters in which decorum does not permit the latter to appear or act….
The women choose their chiefs among their maternal brothers or their own children.
Father Joseph-Francois Lafitau
Customs of the American Indians
compared with the Customs of Primitive Times (1724)
Re-enforcement of the Patriarchial concept began in Indian Country in earnest in the 1970s with the American Indian Movement, during their Reign of Terror on 1st Nations Reservations across North America.
Since the majority of the AIM Leadership & members were urban 1st Nations people, who had no idea of true traditional life or values, had a very limited perspective of who they were as 1st Nations people to begin with, AIM seized upon their handlers Patriarchial position & began as the traditional Elders began to die off to change age old values, ceremonies & traditions of 1st Nations people for AIMs personal enrichment…
AIM could not have existed without funding and support from certain quarters of the government.
American Indian Mafia…
However, this situation with AIM & their takeover of 1st Nations values, history, culture, ceremonies, Ancestors, & spiritual history is about to end…write the Attorney General of South Dakota & say NO to his motion to dismiss the ongoing investigation into the murders AIM committed & the many other crimes AIM, their handlers, legal team conspired together & committed.
AIMs use of Lakota people in South Dakota is unforgivable, for AIMs own personal enrichment at the expense of people AIM viewed as a threat, with AIM removing the threat (people) their crimes would eventually reveal, & proving who else was involved in AIMs conspiracies to commit murder that was allowed by the politicians & Government agencies in South Dakota.