Earlier this week, All Things Considered, reported on the disproportionate levels of rape and sexual violence that Native American women face during their lifetime.
The Justice Department estimates that 1 in 3 Native American women will be raped in her lifetime, and most victims who do report their assaults describe their attackers as non-Native. Legally, tribal authorities can do little to stop them.
The Senate has held nationwide hearings, during the past year, about this issue. The resulting legislation was introduced earlier this week by the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Byron Dorgan.
To learn more about the Tribal Law and Order Act, listen to the story below: