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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.

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.

Letter to
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs David Mullon, Chief Counsel
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
and 8 others
Senator Al Franken
Senator Heidi Heitkamp
Senator Jon Tester
Senator Brian Schatz
Senator Mazie Hirono
Senator John McCain
Senator Lisa Murkowski
President of the United States
Chairman Byron L. Dorgan
Seante Committee on Indian Affairs
United States Senate
838 Hart Office Bulding
Washington, D.C. 20510

August 28, 2010

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

Dear Chairman Dorgan and Honorable Committee Members:

I respectfully submit this letter requesting that the Senate convene a congressional oversight hearing on the enforcement of the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 ("ICRA"). Furthermore, I am requesting that field hearings be conducted on or near Indian reservations to provide tribal members the opportunity to participate.

As you are aware, 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." With the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009, the "ICRA" must be amended to support the written language in the bill.

Thank you in advance for considering my request…

Respectfully submitted,