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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Tribes want new powers to prosecute non-Indians

By Rob Hotakainen


Law and Order




A question of 'This land is who's land'? --- and politics run amok


JewishWorldReview.com |

W ASHINGTON— (MCT) In 1973, the Suquamish Indian Tribe of Washington state accused a non-Indian man of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, and ordered him to appear in tribal court. In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the charges, saying the tribe had no authority to try or punish the man.

Decades after the landmark ruling, it remains a source of irritation and frustration for tribal officials across the country, who complain they're powerless to bring non-Indians to justice when they commit crimes on Indian lands. Tribal leaders say it's particularly hard to prosecute rape cases.

The issue has caused a protracted fight on Capitol Hill, where Senate Democrats are pushing reluctant Republicans in the House of Representatives to expand the jurisdictional power of tribes. They want to add new authority for tribes to prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence as part of a plan to extend the Violence Against Women Act, first approved in 1994 as a way to help police and courts respond to abuse. Those opposed to the expansion worry about giving tribes too much power and point out that local law enforcement agencies already have jurisdiction to prosecute nearby crimes committed by non-Indians on Indian lands.

With Congress at a stalemate, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is encouraging victims to go public with their stories. Murray, one of the leading senators promoting the plan, says that's the only way it will pass.



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"We need people to understand who we're battling for," Murray, a fourth-term senator, said in an interview.

Deborah Parker, the vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes, has become the senator's most prominent ally, recounting her sexual and physical abuse while growing up on the reservation. She doesn't remember exactly when the abuse began, but she said she was just a toddler, the size of a "2-and-a-half-foot couch cushion," when she was first violated by a man who came to visit her parents. She said it happened repeatedly until the summer after third grade.

Parker, a 41-year-old mother of five, said the same man — a non-Indian — abused many other young girls but was never charged. She said the abuse was never reported to police because, she said, they wouldn't have bothered to investigate anyway.

Parker called herself "a Native American statistic," and they're grim statistics: Indian women are murdered at more than 10 times the national average, and more than one in three will be raped in their lifetimes, according to the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women. That rape rate is twice as high as it is for other ethnicities, according to experts on sexual violence.

"My story is one story, but there's literally millions of stories like this, and even more extreme, because some are dead," Parker said in an interview. "It's engraved in most of our minds that at some point, your sister, your cousins or someone will be raped."

Murray said the man who attacked Parker "was never arrested for these crimes, never brought to justice and still walks free today, all because he committed these heinous acts on the reservation."

Under the Senate plan, tribes would be allowed to try non-Indians only for rape and crimes involving domestic abuse. Separately, the bill also would expand federal investigative assistance to include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender victims and would allow more illegal immigrants who are victimized to get temporary visas to stay in the United States. All together, Murray said, it would make more than 30 million more people eligible for federal assistance in investigating and responding to their cases.

"In this country, we should be able to help someone who's a victim of domestic violence, no matter who they are, or where they live or who they love," Murray said.

The House has passed its version of the bill, but it doesn't include any of the new protections.

Some Republicans accuse Murray and other proponents of playing politics, saying that most GOP lawmakers would be willing to extend the law if Democrats would compromise and give up their demands to expand it.

Cheryl Schmit, who heads Stand Up for California, a group that opposes tribal efforts to expand off-reservation casinos, said the push was another example of tribes' attempts to expand their land base and judicial authority. She said local police and sheriff's departments already had the authority to arrest and investigate domestic abuse cases on Indian land and that non-tribal members would lose their constitutional rights in tribal courts. She expressed fear that tribes would move next to take over other legal issues, such as tort claims involving casinos.

"The emotions evoked by violence against women provide a great political vehicle to achieve tribal authority over non-Indians," she said.

Parker and other proponents of the expanded law say the change is needed because local authorities too often are reluctant to investigate crimes committed on Indian land.

On the Senate floor recently, Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa said expanding the law would be unconstitutional and that Democrats didn't want to compromise because they regarded it as a winning issue in President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. He said the American people "know the games being played, and they are sick and tired of it."

Murray and other backers say their narrow expansion of the law would survive a court challenge. Murray has been promoting the issue hard in recent weeks, reviving a fight over the legislation that passed the Senate in April. She gave a speech earlier this month, wrote an opinion piece for the Aug. 3 Seattle Times and then hosted a news conference at Dawson Place, a child advocacy center in Everett, Wash.

On July 30, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, named eight Republicans to a conference committee to work out the differences between the House and Senate bills, but Congress left town for its August recess before acting.

Murray said she'd drawn "a line in the sand" and that she wasn't interested in compromising, charging that House Republicans only want to weaken the Senate's bill.

"They want to take it to conference so they can have a discussion about which women in this country deserve protection and which do not," Murray said. "They want to pit one group of women against another. This is not a game. It is not politics. And it certainly is not a game I am going to play."

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