Advocates fight for more protections for American Indian women, one in three of whom have experienced some form of sexual assault; report reveals more than 1.5 million minorities were missing from 2010 census; and more.
High Rates of Rape Among American Indian Women Renews Fight for Justice
Nearly one-third of American Indian women have been raped or experienced an attempted rape, a rate that is more than twice the national average, according to the Justice Department. Their plight is at the center of the hotly contested changes to the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, The New York Times reports.
A Senate version of the legislation gave authority to tribal courts to prosecute non-Indians suspected of sexually assaulting their Indian partners. The House version passed last Wednesday stripped away those provisions, citing fear of giving the tribal courts too much power, according to The Times.
Regardless of what compromises Congress ends up with, advocates for American Indian women say that more needs to be done to protect this vulnerable minority.
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New Super PAC Ad Questions Romney's Commitment to Latinos
A liberal super PAC has released a new ad in Arizona comparing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to county Sheriff Joe Arpaio and state Gov. Jan Brewer, two public figures who have been condemed in the Latino community. The goal for PAC+ is to boost minority turnout in key states, the Los Angeles Times reports.