|"White man says, 'Pass AWA or your federal aid and sovereignty go away.'|
White man smoke too much crazy weed."
You may have heard about it by now, but during the RSOL conference some Native Americans brought their own tribal law they recently passed, and once I've seen it, all I could do was shake my head. I don't know whether to laugh or to cry, this is the most ridiculous residency restriction I've ever seen ever. Ever.
This is from the Laguna tribe of New Mexico, retyped verbatim as it is written on paper:
section 15 – 17 – 10
I. prohibited areas for tier 1, two, and three sex offenders
a. Schools, public library, parks/village playgrounds, bus stops
II. prohibited areas for tier 2 and tier 3 sex offenders
a. The following is a list of social events that are considered prohibited areas, including but not limited to:
Public ( a.k.a. general public) means a population of individuals in association with civic affairs, or affairs of the village or villages..
1. Social events open to the general public
2. Village feasts
3. Craft shows
5. Sporting events
6. Traditional and ceremonial activities
7. Organized walks or runs
9. Grab days
10. Cultural enrichment classes at the Kawaika center
11. graduation ceremonies
12. Events advertised at the village meeting where everyone is invited
13. dances with in the villages
14. Plaza dances
15. Social dances at recreation halls
**Note: Sex offender participating in village meetings, grave digging, ditch work will be at the discretion of the village officials and communicated to the compliance officer.
The following opinion was drafted and approved by the sex offender compliance committee.
Now, let that soak into your mind for a minute.
I have seen many crazy laws over the years, but this one takes the cake. This law was hastily passed for the purpose of coming into full compliance with the Adam Walsh Act. The federal government has threatened Native American tribes with not only a loss of federal grant money, they threatened to take away their sovereignty in handling their own criminal justice affairs. But this is still overkill. It is sad to see a once proud nation of people debase themselves for the sake of a few American tax dollars.