By: Bruce Ferrell
CHEROKEE — Calling it an “important milestone,” Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Michell Hicks applauded Gov. Pat McCrory’s appointment of tribal member Iva Key to the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission. She is the first member of the tribe to serve on the commission that advises the governor’s office on crime and public safety policy. Hicks issued a statement to the media after the announcement.
“Ms. Key has made great strides on behalf of our tribe as manager of the EBCI Domestic Violence program and we are gratified to know she will take her exceptional talent and experience to Raleigh,” Hicks said.
Chief Hicks went on to say that appointment also “signals a commitment by our state to address the issue of violence against women which has long been a pressing problem for Native people in America.” He cited data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting violence against women in Native American tribes is the highest among any group in the nation.
Ms. Key’s appointment follows sweeping expansion of the national Violence Against Women Act in 2013 that gave Indian courts greater jurisdiction in domestic violence cases.
“It is gratifying that Ms. Key can now expand her commitment to saving lives and improving the ways we treat victims of abuse on a statewide level,” Hicks said.
RALEIGH — The Department of Public Safety and the State Highway Patrol are working this week to take a bite out of littering. Along with local agencies, they are involved in the statewide “Litter Free NC” campaign to educate people about roadside littering, and also crack down on offenders. Patrol First Sargeant Jeff Gordon littering is costly.
Gordon said, “In 2013, taxpayers across North Carolina spent over $16,000,000 removing approximately 7,000,000 pounds of roadside litter.”
The Litter Free enforcement effort continues March 17