Seventeen Republican members of the U.S. House sent Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor a letter yesterday urging them to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, another piece of sensible, pro-woman legislation that the GOP obstructed last year. Republican leaders have blocked the VAWA because they don't like a provision that would allow tribal courts to prosecute white men who attack Indian women.... even though non-Indian men commit 86% of the rapes and sexual assaults of Indian women.
You'd figure that, with her commitment to Indian sovereignty, Congresswoman Kristi Noem would be all about empowering the tribes to prosecute the off-reservation SOBs who commit these crimes against Native women. But no. She did not sign the letter supporting immediate VAWA passage. She was too busy tweeting about her son's wonderful Valentine's Day box, flashing lights and all (ah, no wonder Rep. Noem was distracted).
Nice art, Booker. Too bad your mom's Valentine to Indian women is continued contempt for their suffering.