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Walter Lamar: Former FBI and BIA Deputy Director of Law Enforcement

“Tribal courts and police departments are generally desperately understaffed and adequate detention facilities are sorely needed in nearly every Native community in the country.”

–Walter Lamar in Indian Country Today, writing about Law Enforcement in Indian Country. Read more.

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Sarah Deer: Tribal Law, Domestic Assault and Sexual Violence, Victim Rights, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 

“…right now the tribal government, which would be the closest government to where the crime occurs, cannot take action if the perpetrator is not a Native American. So, in those situations a victim would be relying on the federal government to respond to that crime and then follow through with prosecution." 

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Janine Parry: Polling, Public Opinion, and Women and Politics

“I can say from 15 years of polling and 10,000 interviews that Arkansans are, in some ways, a little slower to adopt things, changes that are coming around the nation. So I think, you know, 10, 15 years from now, we might be having the conversations that other cities and states are having now.”

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Sagging Pants And The Long History Of ‘Dangerous’ Street Fashion

Gene Demby

For sagging’s many detractors, kids wearing their pants below the waist — or below the butt cheeks, in the case of the look’s most fervent adherents — has doubled as a reliable shorthand for a constellation of social ills ostensibly befalling or propagated by young black men. A dangerous lack of self-respect. An embrace of gang and prison culture. Another harbinger of cultural decline. Those are all things that people say about hip-hop, which helped popularize the sagging aesthetic. And if those are the presumed stakes, it’s hardly any wonder why opposition to sagging sometimes has the feel of a full-on moral panic.