Petition Closed
Petitioning The President of the United States

Hold Oversight Hearings on the Lack of Enforcement of Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.

In 1968, the Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA) was originally introduced and enacted as an effort to protect individual Indians form the "arbitrary and capricious" actions of tribal governments and/or officials. Unfortunately, while the ICRA was well intended and expressly forbid tribes from taking actions that violated an individual's rights, the ICRA failed to include an effective enforcement mechanism which would hold tribal officials accountable for violations of its provisions.

As a result, the number of civil rights violations in Indian Country has reached epidemic proportions. Thousands upon thousands have been stripped or denied the basic due process and equal protection rights provided for in the United States Constitution, the ICRA, and tribal laws.

Oversight hearings on the current civil rights situation in Indian Country are not only warranted, they are long over due.

Please consider adding your name to a request for the House Resources Committee to hold oversight hearings on the growing problem of rights abuses in Indian Country and the lack of enforcement of the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968. This request is made on the heels and is intended to support a similar request made by Congressman Mike Thompson (Dem-CA) on April 29, 2010 to Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (Dem-WV).

We must do our part to move the hearing forward and make it a reality. It starts with your signature. One does not have to be Indian, or have been the victim of rights violations to sign - anyone can. Please sign, share and get family and friends to sign.

Thanks,
John Gomez-National President of The American Indian Rights and Resources Organization

Letter to
The President of the United States
May 11, 2010.

Chairman Nick Rahall II
House Resources Committee
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202)225-1931 fax

Re: Support for Congressional Oversight Hearing on Enforcement of the ICRA

Dear Chairman Rahall and Honorable Committee Members:

I respectfully submit this letter requesting that the House Resources Committee convene a congressional oversight hearing on the enforcement of the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 ("ICRA").

My request is in direct response to a letter dated April 29, 1010, and addressed to you in which Congressman Mike Thompson (CA) expressed his concerns regarding the enforcement of the ICRA and stated he believed the issue merited a hearing.

The ICRA was originally introduced and enacted as an effort to protect individual Indians form the "arbitrary and capricious" actions of tribal governments and/or officials. Unfortunately, while the ICRA was well intended and expressly forbid tribes from taking actions that violated an individual's rights, the ICRA failed to include an effective enforcement mechanism which would hold tribal officials accountable for violations of its provisions.

As a result, the number of civil rights violations in Indian Country has reached epidemic proportions. Thousands upon thousands have been stripped or denied the basic due process and equal protection rights provided for in the United States Constitution, the ICRA, and tribal laws.

Oversight hearings on the current civil rights situation in Indian Country are not only warranted, they are long over due. Therefore, I respectfully request that your Committee hold hearings on the civil rights problem in Indian Country and the lack of enforcement of the ICRA

Thank you in advance for considering my request, and I will eagerly await your response

Respectfully submitted,