Discussion in 'Crimes That Should Be In The News' started by Andros, Jan 22, 2019.
Special thanks GK. I'd have missed this. Going to look more into this Senator.
Trial begins for Thunder Bay man accused in trailer-hitch death of First Nations woman
34-year-old died 6 months after being hit by trailer hitch thrown from passing car
More than three years after Barbara Kentner's death, her sisters are hoping for justice in a case that hundreds of First Nations chiefs from across the country see as a test of Canada's commitment to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Kentner, a 34-year-old mother and member of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, died nearly six months after being struck by a trailer hitch thrown at her from a passing car.
The charge against Brayden Bushby, 21, was reduced from second-degree murder to manslaughter and aggravated assault earlier this year, sparking outrage from First Nations leaders. There is no mandatory minimum sentence for manslaughter in Canada unless it involves a firearm. If convicted, Bushby could face a sentence ranging from probation to life in prison.
In response to the scourge of missing persons cases that disproportionately affects Indigenous populations in Montana and across the nation, Blackfeet Community College (BCC) recently debuted a website and database to streamline the process of reporting cases to law enforcement.
It’s the latest effort aimed at battling the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous people in the United States, where women in particular go missing and are murdered at an alarmingly high rate, with more than 80 percent of Native American women experiencing violence. On some reservations, Indigenous women are murdered at a rate 10 times the national average, and even though tribal members constitute just 7% of Montana’s population, the state law enforcement identifies 26% of missing persons as Native American, which may be a low estimate.
Blackfeet Community College Launches Website to Streamline Reporting of Missing Indigenous Persons
The cases called included that of Chick White that went missing in 1994. “Chick White is not a Cold Case,” Armstrong said. “How many children does she have?” he asked making the case that to her family Ms. White’s disappearance is part of their lives.
A recent study noted there were 165 missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people cases in California. “This makes California the state with the fifth-highest number nationally…,” the study points out. “Notably, Northern California outranks many states, and if it were a state, would be in the top 10, with 105 cases.”
Candlelight Vigil at Courthouse in Support of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People – Redheaded Blackbelt
"Our resilience and our strength as the first peoples of this land should be celebrated every day," said IllumiNative founder Crystal Echo Hawk in a Facebook video dedicated to Native American Heritage Month.
November is Native American Heritage Month in Arizona and the U.S.
One thing about the Cleveland Abduction case that is not mentioned is that both Amanda Berry and Gina deJesus are Indigenous. Amanda Berry has Cherokee Native American heritage on her mother’s side and Gina deJesus is of course Puerto Rican.
Tamra Weber, an Indigenous activist, wrote about this here: A Lakota Woman's Voice-In honor of the unheard voices! ~