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Video: Despite Problems At Spirit Lake, Heitkamp Defends Expansion Of Tribal Jurisdiction

Video: Despite Problems At Spirit Lake, Heitkamp Defends Expansion Of Tribal Jurisdiction

The Violence Against Women Act has been heralded by Senator Heitkamp as one of the major achievements of her first 100 days in the US Senate. She’s even gone so far as to take a victory lap around the state after its passage in the Senate, and in this observer’s humble opinion she’s been quietly

Spirit Lake Reservation Official Claims She Was "Verbally Abused" By Rep. Kevin Cramer

I’ve written extensively about the very real problems in the Violence Against Women Act pertaining to due process rights for non-tribal members accused of crimes in tribal jurisdictions. The tribal justice system is prone to woeful levels of incompetency and corruption, and there are serious questions about whether or not non-tribal members can get fair

Due Process Rights Take A Back Seat To The "War On Women"

The House today voted in favor of re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act. After first considering a version backed by House conservatives, protecting the rights of the accused by removing a provision giving tribal authorities jurisdiction over non-tribal members, they passed the Senate version of the law. Here in North Dakota, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (who,

Does Heidi Heitkamp Care About Victims Of Violence Or Trial Lawyers?

Rep. Kevin Cramer, noting that the mother of his adopted son was the victim of violence, notes some of the problems with the Violence Against Women Act that I’ve been writing about recently: “I have some concern in reference to inherent sovereignty for the tribes and I want to check more thoroughly into the constitutionality

Why Doesn't Heidi Heitkamp Support Fair Trials For The Accused?

Senator Heidi Heitkamp is on a statewide tour touting the Senate’s passage of the Violence Against Women Act. The intent of Heitkamp’s tour is blatantly political – Rep. Kevin Cramer will be up for re-election at the top of the statewide ballot next year, and Heitkamp clearly intends to use the VAWA as a wedge

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