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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:25 AM

#Trumps Feds Show Up Unprepared For Hearing On Murdered And Missing Native Women

This shows they just do not care.

06/21/2019 06:00 am ET Updated 1 day ago

Feds Show Up Unprepared For Hearing On Murdered And Missing Native Women

Justice Department and Bureau of Indian Affairs officials couldn’t take a position on any of the Senate bills addressing this crisis.

By Jennifer Bendery

WASHINGTON ― The Senate is finally focusing on the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women, and the Trump administration sent over two top officials to weigh in on crucial legislation in a Wednesday hearing ― except neither came prepared to say anything definitive about any of the bills on the agenda.

Tracy Toulou, the director of the Office of Tribal Justice at the Department of Justice, and Charles Addington, the deputy bureau director of the Office of Justice Services at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, were invited four weeks ago to testify in the Indian Affairs Committee hearing. They had one job ― one job! ― to discuss the merits of the five bills on the agenda, all of which relate to violence against Native women or children.

Not only did Toulou and Addington fail to provide written testimony to the committee in time for the hearing ― a violation of committee rules ― but they couldn’t say what the administration’s position was on any of the bills because there isn’t a position.

“These are very complicated bills. There are a lot of moving pieces,” Toulou said in his opening remarks. “We’re going to work more effectively to get it through our process in the future.”.........................


Sen. Tom Udall (N.M.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, expressed his “utter frustration” with both departments. He cited a passage in Toulou’s written testimony stating that “department leadership at the highest levels have expressed a renewed commitment to improving public safety” on tribal lands.

“Where is the evidence of that renewed commitment here today? And if the department truly ‘stands ready to do its part’ ― that’s their quote ― on addressing the ... crisis, why is it not prepared for this hearing?” asked Udall, referring to Toulou’s testimony.

“To be clear, the administration’s ‘part’ is to provide views on this legislation in a timely fashion,” he continued. “Both departments have failed in that duty here today. It is only fair to question the sincerity of claims to a ‘renewed commitment.’”....

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MontanaMama Jun 2019 #1

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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:34 AM

1. MF45 officials "unprepared"?

What a surprise. The shit show continues. This maladministration cares nothing about women let alone our native women or women of color.

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