Justice in America for Native Americans

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Intercultural Center (ICC)

3700 O St NW

Washington, DC 20007

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The Native American population in the United States is underserved, under-recognized, and often experiences unequal application of the law. According to a publication by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in 2014, Native Americans account for only 0.8 percent of the nation’s population, but comprise 1.9 percent of police killings making them the racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement officers. Native American tribes are recognized as sovereign nations by the U.S. government so there are special laws involving local law enforcement on reservations, however, all felonies fall under FBI jurisdiction. These laws – in addition to problems accessing adequate legal representation, education disparities, and even health inequities – contribute to the injustices experienced by tribal members.

This panel features three distinguished Lakota leaders (bios here): Chase Iron Eyes, JD, an attorney; Jeff Henderson, MD, a public health physician; and David 'Tally' Plume, an educator and reservation entrepreneur.

Mr. Iron Eyes will lead a discussion on how factors such as race, culture, issues with accessing legal representation, and resiliency can contribute to injustices for Native Americans. Dr. Henderson will then make the connection between health and incarceration, and will also explain the roles of health professionals and health policy in promoting justice for this marginalized population. Finally, Mr. Plume will provide insight into the special issues associated with Reservations, and the re-integration challenges facing Native Americans post-incarceration.

Dr. Bette Jacobs, a Professor in the Department of Health Systems Administration and a Distinguished Scholar of the O'Neill Institute, will serve as the evening's host, and Dr. Marc Howard, Director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative, will moderate.

The panel starts promptly at 6:30pm in the ICC Auditorium. After the panel, a reception featuring Native American-inspired cuisine and an open bar will be held in the ICC Galleria from 8:00pm – 9:00pm.

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