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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

King votes against bill to help protect Native Americans from rape

By Jason Hancock | 07.26.10 | 8:31 am

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, last week voted against a bill making it easier for non-natives who commit rape and other crimes on Native American tribal lands to be prosecuted.

The Tribal Law and Order Act was passed as an amendment to HR 725 by a vote of 326-92. King was the lone member of Iowa’s congressional delegation to oppose the measure.

Steve King (flickr creative commons photo by republicanconference)

A 2007 study by Amnesty International found that one in three Native American women will be raped at some point in their lives, a rate that is more than double that for non-native women. More than 86 percent of rapes against Native American women are carried out by non-native men, most of them white, according to the Justice Department.

In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that tribal governments have no criminal jurisdiction over non-natives. When a crime was committed, tribal police and their local, state and federal counterparts had to hash out whether the suspect was a Native American or not. These sorts of jurisdictional problems made it difficult for non-natives to stand trial for their crimes. It also discouraged rape victims to step forward out of fear their attacker would never be prosecuted.

The bill passed by Congress last week aims to clear up those issues by improving coordination between tribal and federal officials in order to prosecute non-native rape suspects and provide assistance to rape victims.

“This historic, bi-partisan legislation addresses long-overlooked human rights abuses in Indian Country. It is an important effort to tackle major challenges that allow crimes against Native American and Alaska Native peoples to flourish,” Larry Cox, executive director for Amnesty International USA, said in a statement.

“When victims know that their perpetrators will be held accountable for their behavior, they will be more likely to report crimes,” said Sarah Deer, assistant professor at William Mitchell College of Law and a consultant for Amnesty International’s 2007 report. “Empowering tribal law enforcement personnel to protect their communities is the key.”

King voted “no” along with 91 other Republicans. Some questioned the price tag of the amendment: $1.1 billion for five years and $380 million thereafter. King’s spokesman did not respond to numerous requests for comment.

The bill has already passed the Senate, and President Barack Obama is expected to soon sign the legislation into law.

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  • rextrek1

    King votes against anything & everything that HELPS people…..of course unless said people are RICH & WHITE & CHRISTIAN…then he helps them

  • 52erica

    As chief executive officer of America Inc., Barack Obama has walked the factory floor when it comes to managing the federal response to the Gulf oil spill, going directly to front-line workers.ffxiv gil,

    He's used wiles respected in the boardroom in wringing a $20 billion commitment from BP.

    But what was that talk about kicking butt? That's so assembly line Ford Motor Co., circa 1930.ffxiv gil,

    And why on Earth did it take him so long to talk to BP's chief? A real CEO would have had Tony Hayward on the phone in a New York minute.

    ffxiv gil,

    The president is not, of course, the head of a company. He's accountable to the public in ways a chief executive is not to shareholders. Governance and politics differ from effective corporate management while sharing certain qualities.

  • James Bowery

    Steve King understands the need for border controls when it comes to the US border but not where it comes to the Amerindian border. If he really wants street cred for his righteous stand for national sovereignty, he should lead the charge for complete Amerindian sovereignty over their territorial borders, and complete legal jurisdiction within those borders. If someone wants to cross that border, then they are at the mercy of that nation.

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