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NCJ Number: 184058 Find in a Library
Title: Tribal Justice (From National Victim Assistance Academy, P 3.4.1 - 3.4.29, 2000, Anne Seymour, Morna Murray, eds. et al., -- See NCJ 184052)
Series: OVC Others
Author(s): Ada Pecos-Melton
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 29
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter describes the tribal justice systems operating in Indian communities and their ability to respond to Indian victimization issues.
Abstract: The chapter examines historical and jurisdictional issues related to the structure of the tribal justice system and the structure and characteristics of the tribal justice response systems. In addition, it discusses the unique construct of Indian Nation justice systems and their relationship to other local, State and Federal systems; differences between the tribal justice system and the American criminal justice system; the socioeconomic factors influencing Indian Nations; victimization problems faced by Indian people and communities on and off Indian lands; specific concerns and problems of victims and the impact on their families and the community; and Federal support for Indian Country programs. American Indians are victims of violent crime at a rate more than twice that of the general U.S. population. At least 70 percent of violence experienced by American Indians is committed by persons not of the same race, a substantially higher rate of interracial violence than experienced by white or African-American victims. To effectively assist victims, it is crucial that they be in control of their healing and that tribal institutions be visibly and affirmatively engaged in addressing victims’ issues and needs. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): American Indians; Economic influences; Eskimos; Indian justice; Race relations; Tribal court system; Tribal history; Victim services; Victims rights
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