Report: Courts sentence Indians to longer jail terms

The Lakota Law Project Report


The U.S. Sentencing Commission is currently investigating the disproportionate incarceration of Native Americans in the U.S., particularly on reservations.

The Tribal Issues Advisory Group–made up of 22 judges and law-enforcement officials, 11 of which are Natives–will be spearheading this extensive federal review.

«No matter how long I have been sentencing in Indian Country, I find it gut-wrenching when I am asked by a family member of a person I have sentenced why Indians are sentenced to longer sentences than white people who commit the same crime,» wrote Ralph Erickson, head of the committee and chief federal district court judge for North Dakota, in a 2014 letter.

Over the past 5 years, the number of Native Americans incarcerated within the federal prison system has increased by 27%. In South Dakota, Native Americans make up nearly 60% of federal cases, yet they account for a mere 9% of the state population.

All punishment on…

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Culling the Iowa Faculty


This proposed bill in the Iowa legislature reaches far past the abilities of my ‘word horde’: Senate File 64 – Introduced



A BILL FOR An Act relating to the teaching effectiveness and employment of professors employed by institutions of higher learning under the control of the state board of regents.


Section 1. Section 262.9, subsection 25, Code 2015, is amended to read as follows:

a. Require that any professor employed by an institution of higher learning under the control of the board teach at least one course offered for academic credit per semester. (1) Collaborate with the institutions of higher learning under the board’s control to develop and adopt the criteria and a rating system the institutions shall use to establish specific performance goals for professors and to evaluate the performance of each…

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Aristotle’s Politics: «Man is a being best suited to live in a polis».

L'homme absurd

Two of Aristotle’s great works, the Nicomachean Ethics and the Politics, proposed a political state wherein citizens lived a good and just life; although this was a very different constitution to that of democracy which was the constitution of Ancient Greece. He called this proposed constitution the polis. He was not trying to create an ideal constitution of his own; he was influenced by the society of Ancient Greece and other constitutions that existed. He wanted the best possible constitution, but also the best constitution possible in the light of a city’s circumstances, in particular its social and economic basis. [1] This state, the polis, is described as an urban development, not unlike Athens at the time of Aristotle. He also claims that man is naturally inclined to live in a polis. Aristotle’s philosophy examines the different types of city-state and how they should be run. In this blog I will discuss how…

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Οι αντιφασίστες της Ουκρανίας μιλούν

Αντιφασιστική Καμπάνια για την Ουκρανία


Αναδημοσιεύουμε το πολύ ενδιαφέρον βιβλιαράκι του Γκρεγκ Μπάτερφιλντ, μέλους της οργάνωσης Workers World Party που συμμετέχει στην αντίστοιχη καμπάνια στις ΗΠΑ. Το βιβλιαράκι αυτό εκδόθηκε πέρσι το Νοέμβρη και πλέον είναι διαθέσιμο ελεύθερα στο ίντερνετ. Περιέχει πολλές χρήσιμες πληροφορίες και πολύτιμες συνεντεύξεις που πήρε ο Μπάτερφιλντ από μέλη της κομμουνιστικής οργάνωσης Μποροτμπά κατά τη διάρκεια ταξιδιού του στην Ουκρανία. Μπορείτε να το διαβάσετε (στα αγγλικά) και να το κατεβάσετε από εδώ. Φιλοδοξούμε ότι μετά την επικείμενη επίσκεψη του Αντιφασιστικού Καραβανιού στο Ντονμπάς θα έχουμε κι εμείς αρκετό αντίστοιχο πρωτογενές υλικό να σας μεταφέρουμε.

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Laboratories of struggle: Occupations, alternatives and strategy

Recent weeks have seen a new wave of campus struggles, with occupations in London and Amsterdam, and strikes in North America. Tabitha Spence analyses the significance of these struggles and where they might go next.

WP_20150318_008 Open meeting at the LSE Occupation. Photo: Dan Swain

Time and again history has witnessed student activists rising to the challenge of playing instrumental roles in building and strengthening social movements. From winning Civil Rights to ending the Vietnam War, spaces of higher education often act as sites for pushing public discourse beyond acceptance of dominant narratives that validate deeply unjust processes.

In these movements and many others, students have found creative ways to foster alliances across sectors, supporting those on the front lines of struggles and those bearing the brunt of harmful policies. As part of the battle against Thatcher’s neoliberal policies, for instance, students took an active position in supporting the miners during the great…

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