ERIC Number: ED280665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Sexual Abuse of Indian Children. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary. House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress, Second Session on H.R. 3826. (January 30, 1986).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
This transcript presents testimony and prepared statements regarding H.R. 3826, which proposes to amend Title 18 of the United States Code to make felonious sexual molestation of a minor an offense within American Indian country. Representative Rick Boucher, author of the legislation, indicated that, while the bill would extend to Indians the same protection now governing non-Indians, it would not deprive Indian tribal courts of jurisdiction. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Victoria Toensing supported the legislation because, in conjunction with offenses currently listed in the Major Crimes Act, it would cover all defined serious sexual offenses against Indian children by Indians. Susan Shown Harjo, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians, indicated that the 126 Indian governments she represents endorse the amendment and see it as necessary to fight the nearly 25% increase in Indian child sexual abuse that took place from 1983 to 1984. Written testimony of the Navajo Nation addressed the definition of "sexual molestation of a minor" and the impact on the Navajo Nation resulting from the disparities in legal standards between Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Written testimony of the American Indian Law Center concurred that the legislation is important for solving child sexual abuse. (NEC)
Descriptors: American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Child Abuse, Court Litigation, Federal Indian Relationship, Federal Legislation, Hearings, Justice, Punishment, Sexual Abuse, Tribes
Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.