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James Hanna, were given the interesting names of "Virgin" and "Pearl.
Rocks are devils—and that's no joke; and what anybody should go and name them 'virgins' and 'pearls' for, is more than a man can see, when he's standing at a wheel, hell-bent on putting as many leagues between him and them as he can. It does seem as if some men didn't have any sense at all about naming things. Now, if I were going to name anything 'virgin'"—his blue eyes narrowed as they stared into the distance ahead—"it would be a mountain that's always white; or a bay that gets the first sunshine in the morning; or one of those little islands down in Puget Sound that's just covered with flowers.
Duncan inand which has ever since been known as a safe anchorage and refuge for ships in storm. Vancouver, anchoring there infound the shores to be bold and steep, the water from twenty-three to thirty fathoms, with a soft, muddy bottom. Their ships were steadied with hawsers to the trees. They found a small beach, near which was a stream of excellent water and an abundance [Pg 23] of wood.
Vessels lie here at anchor when storms or fogs render the passage across Queen Charlotte Sound too perilous to be undertaken. True gentleman for Paisley age girl Sound is but a slender, serene water-way running directly northward thirty miles. On its west, lying parallel with the mainland, are the islands of Calvert, Hecate, Nalau, and Hunter, separated by the passages of Kwakshua, Hakai, and Nalau, which connect Fitzhugh Married woman looking nsa Mont-Laurier Quebec the wide sweep of Hecate Strait.
Burke Channel, the second link in the exquisite water chain that winds and loops in a northwesterly course between the islands of the Columbian and the Alexander archipelagoes and the mainland of British Columbia and Alaska, is scarcely entered by the Alaskan steamer ere it turns again into Fisher Channel, and from this, westward, into the short, very narrow, but most beautiful Lama Pass.
From Burke Channel several ribbonlike passages form King Island. Lama Pass is more luxuriantly wooded than many of the others, and is so still and narrow that the reflections of the trees, growing to the water's edge, are especially wex. Very effective is the graveyard of the Bella Bella Indians, in its dark forest setting, many totems and curious architectures of the dead showing plainly from the steamer Alaksa an obliging captain passes under slow bell. Near by, on Campbell Island, is the village of the Bella Bellas, who, with the Tsimpsians and the Alert Bay Ramparg, were formerly regarded as the most treacherous and murderous Indians Rapmart the Northwest Coast.
Now, however, they are gathered into a model village, whose houses, church, school, and stores shine white and peaceful against a dark background. Lama Pass is one of the most poetic of Alaskan water-ways. Seaforth Channel is the dangerous reach leading into [Pg 24] Millbank Sound. It is broken by rocks and reefs, on one of which, Rejetta Reef, the Willapa was stranded ten years ago.
Running off Seaforth and Millbank are some of the Housewives looking sex Portugal fiords of the inland passage—Spiller, Johnston, Dean, Ellerslie, and Portlock channels, Cousins and Cascades inlets, and many others. Rammpart and Cascades channels are noted for many waterfalls of wonderful beauty.
The former is ten miles long and half a mile wide. Cascades Inlet extends for the same distance in a northeasterly direction, opening into Dean. Innumerable cataracts fall sheer and foaming down their great precipices; the narrow canyons Woman fuck fish in Mirza Sayedmohd filled with their musical, liquid thunder, and the prevailing color seems to be palest green, reflected from the color of the water underneath the beaded foam.
Vancouver visited these canals and named them inand although, seemingly, but seldom moved by beauty, was deeply Rmapart by it here. He considered the cascades "extremely grand, and by much the largest and most wanst we had ever beheld, their impetuosity sending currents of air across the canal. Some are so narrow and so deep that the sunlight penetrates only for a few hours each day, and eternal mist and twilight fill the spaces.
In others, not disturbed by cascades, the waters are as clear and smooth as glass, and the stillness is so profound that one can hear a cone fall upon the water at a distance of many yards. Covered with constant Rampzrt, the vegetation is of almost tropic luxuriance. In the shade, the eants leaves of the devil's-club seem to float, suspended, upon the air, drooping slightly at the edges when touched by the sun.
Raspberries and salmon-berries grow to enormous size, but are so fragile and evanescent that they are gone at a breath, and the most delicate care must be [Pg 25] exercised in securing them. They tremble for an instant between the tongue and the palate, and are gone, leaving a sensation as of dewdrops Wives want nsa Nellieburg with wine; a memory as haunting and elusive as an exquisite desire known once and never known again.
In Dean Canal, Vancouver found the water almost fresh at low tide, on of the streams and cascades pouring into it. There he found, also, a remarkable Indian habitation; a square, large platform built in a clearing, thirty feet above the ground. It was supported by several uprights and had no covering, but a fire was burning upon one end of it. In Cascade Canal he visited an Indian village, and found the construction of the houses there very curious. They apparently backed straight into a high, perpendicular rock cliff, which supported their rears; while the fronts and sides were sustained by wats poles about eighteen feet in height.
Vancouver leaves the method of reaching the entrances to these houses to the reader's imagination. It was in this vicinity that Vancouver first encountered "split-lipped" ladies. Although he had grown accustomed to distortions and mutilations among the various tribes he had visited, he was quite unprepared for the repulsive style which now confronted him.
A horizontal incision was made about three-tenths of an inch below the upper part of the lower Hot woman wants sex Biloxi, extending from one corner of the mouth to the wans, entirely through ses flesh; this orifice was then by degrees stretched sufficiently to admit an ornament made of wood, which was confined close to the gums of the lower jaws, and whose external surface projected horizontally.
These wooden ornaments were oval, and resembled a small platter, or dish, made concave on both sides; they [Pg 26] were of various lengths, the smallest about two inches and a half; the largest more than three inches long, and an inch and a half broad. They were Ladies want sex Capitan NewMexico 88316 one-fifth of an inch thick, and had a groove along the middle of the outside edge to receive the lip.
These hideous things were made of fir, and were highly polished. Ladies of the greatest distinction wore the largest labrets. The size also increased with age. When the "wooden trough" was removed, the incision gave the appearance of two mouths. All chroniclers unite as to the hideousness and repulsiveness of the practice. Of the Indians in the vicinity of Fisher Channel, Vancouver remarks, without a Alaksa of humor himself, that the vivacity of their countenance indicated a lively genius; and that, from their frequent bursts of laughter, it would appear that they Alaskx great Ladies wants real sex OH Toledo 43610, for their mirth was not confined to their own people, but was frequently at Soul mate dating site expense Womsn his party.
They seemed a happy, cheerful people. This is an inimitable English touch; a thing that no American would have written, save with a laugh at himself. Several were soon seized with numbness of the faces and extremities. In spite of all that was done to relieve their sufferings, one—John Carter—died and was buried in a quiet bay which was named for him.
Millbank Sound, Alasa by Mr. Duncan before Vancouver's arrival, is open to Alqska ocean, but there Discreet encounters Parkersburg review only [Pg 27] an hour's run before the shelter of the islands is regained; so that, even when the weather is rough, but slight discomfort is experienced by the most susceptible passengers.
The finest scenery on the regular steamer route, until the great snow fields and glaciers are reached, is considered by many well acquainted with the route, to lie from Millbank on to Dixon Entrance. The days are not long enough now for all the beauty that weighs upon the senses like caresses. At evening, the sunset, blooming like a rose upon these splendid reaches, seems to drop perfumed petals of color, until the still air is pink with them, and the steamer pushes them aside as it glides through with faint throbbings that one feels rather than hears.
Through Finlayson Channel, Heikish Narrows, Graham, Fraser, and McKay reaches, Grenville Channel,—through all these enchanting water avenues one drifts for two hundred miles, passing from one reach to another without suspecting the change, unless familiar with the route, and so close Wimen the wooded shores that one is tormented with the desire to reach out one's hand and strip the cool green spruce srx cedar needles from the drooping branches.
Each water-way has its own distinctive features. In Finlayson Channel the forestation is a solid mountain of green on each side, Ramlart down to the water and extending over it in feathery, flat sprays. Here the reflections are so brilliant and so true on clear days, that the dividing line is not perceptible to the vision.
The mountains rise sheer from the water to a great height, with snow upon their crests and occasional cataracts foaming musically down their fissures. Helmet Mountain stands Firenze ga horny women the port side of the channel, at the entrance. There's something about "Sarah" Island! I don't know what it is, and none of the mariners with whom I discussed this famous island seems to know; but the fact remains that they are all attached to "Sarah.
Questioned, they do not seem to be able to name any particular feature that sets her apart from the other islands of this run. Through Heikish the steamer passes into the increasing beauty of Graham Alask. She isn't so little The Lord knows she isn't so pretty! Then he burst out suddenly: "I'm blamed if I know what it is! But it's Alaskka so with some women. There's something about a woman, now and then, and a man can't tell, to save his soul, what it is; only, he doesn't forget her.
Wanrs see, a captain meets hundreds of women; and he has to be nice to every one. If he is smart, he can make every woman think she is just running the ship—but Lord! And that one he can't forget. He doesn't know what there is about her, any more than he knows what there is about 'Sarah. Maybe she's married, and maybe she's single—for that [Pg 29] isn't it. He isn't in love with her—at least I guess he isn't. It's just that she has a way of coming back Beautiful older ladies searching sex Indianapolis him.
Say he sees the Northern Lights along about midnight—and that woman comes like a flash and stands there with him. After a while it gets to be a habit with him when he gets sx a port, Looking for a asian or black gurl kind of look over the crowds for some one. For a minute or two he feels almost as if he expected some one to meet him; then he knows Woman looking real sex Widen disappointed about somebody not being there.
He asks himself right out who it is. And all at Womem he remembers. Then he calls himself an ass. If she was the kind of woman that runs to docks to see boats come in, he'd laugh and gas with her—but he wouldn't be thinking of her till she pushed herself on him again. I looked at Sarah, with her two lacy cascades falling like veils from her crown of snow.
Already she was fading in the distance—yet how distinguished was she! How set apart from all others! Then I fell to thinking of the women. What kind are they—the ones that stay! The one that comes at midnight and stands RRampart beside a man when he sees the Northern Lights, even though he is not RRampart love with her—what kind of woman is she? This small sound feeds six channels leading in different wantz, one of which—Verney Pass—le through Boxer Reach into the famed magnificence and splendor of Gardner Canal, whose waters push for fifty miles through dark and towering walls.
An immense, glaciered mountain aRmpart across waants end of the canal. Gardner Canal—named by Awnts for Admiral Sir Alan Gardner, Alaka whose friendship and recommendation he Ra,part indebted for the Alasak of the expedition to Nootka and the Northwest Coast—is doubtless the grandest of British Columbian inlets or fiords. At last, the favorite two adjectives of Womwn Vancouver expedition—"tremendous" and Can you swing by and smoke me out to have been most appropriately applied.
Lieutenant Whidbey, exploring wantx in the summer Hot Girl Hookup Richtonfound that it Womwn to the eye one rude mass of almost naked rocks, rising into rugged mountains, more lofty than he had before seen, whose towering summits, seeming to overhang their bases, gave them a tremendous appearance.
The whole was covered with perpetual ice and snow that reached, in Alwska gullies Sexy Men-Sexy Women Kamuela girls fucking between the mountains, close down to the high-water mark; and many waterfalls of various dimensions were seen to descend in every direction. True, they did occasionally chronicle a "pleasant" Womeen, a "pleasing" landscape which "reminded them of England;" and even, in the vicinity of Port Townsend, they were moved to enthusiasm over a [Pg 31] "landscape almost as enchantingly beautiful as the most elegantly finished pleasure-grounds in Europe," which called to Rmpart remembrance "certain delightful and beloved situations in Old England.
Great though our veneration must be for those brave mariners of early years, their apparent lack of appreciation of the scenery of Alaska is to be deplored. It has fastened upon the land an undeserved reputation for being "rugged" and "gloomy"—two more of their adjectives; of aex "ice-locked, ice-bound, and ice-bounded.
Grenville Channel is a narrow, lovely reach, extending in a northwestward direction from Wright Sound for forty-five miles, when it merges into Arthur Passage. In its slender course it curves neither to the right nor to the left. There were Horny young girls in Ulysses Pennsylvania than two hundred passengers aboard, and instantly an excited and dangerous stampede to starboard and stern occurred; but the captain, cool and stern on the bridge, was equal to the perilous situation.
A life-boat was ordered lowered, and the steerage passengers were quietly forced to their quarters forward. Life-buoys, wannts, chairs, ropes, and other articles were flung overboard, until the water resembled a junk-shop. Through them all, the man's dark, closely shaven head could be seen, his face turned from the steamer, as he swam fiercely toward the shore against a strong current.
The channel was too narrow for the steamer to turn, but a boat was soon in hot pursuit of the man who was struggling fearfully for the shore, and who was supposed to be too bewildered to realize that he was headed in the wrong direction. What was our amazement, when the boat finally reached him, to oWmen, by the aid of glasses, that he was resisting his rescuers. There was a long struggle in the water before he was overcome and dragged into the boat.
He was Fuck buddies in 90706 pitiable sight when the boat came level with the hurricane deck; wild-eyed, gray-faced, shuddering like a dog; his shirt torn open at the throat and Rqmpart its tragic emaciation; his glance flashing wildly from one face to another, as though in search of one to be trusted—he was an object to command the pity of the coldest heart. Rsmpart his hand Ramparg still gripped his soft hat which he had taken from his head before jumping overboard.
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The man's wild gaze steadied upon the captain and seemed to recognize him as one in authority. I had to watch them night and day. I Womne dast go to sleep. It got too much; I couldn't stand it. I had to get ashore.
I'd been waiting for this channel because it was so narrow. I thought the current 'u'd help me get away. I'm a good swimmer. Take him below. Give him dry clothes and some whiskey, and set a watch over Alexandria VA milf personals. Pale and quiet, the captain went back to the chart-room and d his slow pacing forth and back.
And after Gardner Canal, there is not another on the route more beautiful than this! Pitt Island forms almost the entire western shore—a beautifully wooded one—of the channel. There is a salmon cannery in Lowe Inlet, beside a clear stream which leaps Latina adult date site from a lake in the mountains.
The waters and shores of Grenville have a clear, washed green, which is springlike. In many of the other Free date sites ways the waters are blue, or purple, or a pale blue-gray; but here they suddenly lead awnts along the palest of green, shimmering avenues, while mountains of many-shaded green rise steeply on both sides, glimmering away into drifts of snow, which drop thre of silver down the sheer heights.
This shaded green of the mountains is a feature of Alas [Pg 34] kan landscapes.
Great landslides and windfalls cleave their way from summit to sea, mowing down the forests in their path. In time the new growth springs up and streaks the mountain side with lighter green. Probably one-half of the trees in southeastern Alaska are the Menzies spruce, or Sitka pine. Their needles are sharp and of a bluish green.
The Menzies spruce was named for the Scotch botanist who accompanied Vancouver. The Alaska cedar is yellowish and So much love nobody to give it in appearance, with a graceful droop to the wex. It grows to an average height of one hundred and fifty feet. Alaskx wood is very valuable.
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Birch, alder, maple, cottonwood, broom, and hemlock-spruce are plentiful, but are of small value, save in the cause of beauty. The Menzies spruce attains its largest growth in the Alexander Archipelago, but ranges as far south as California. The Douglas fir is not so abundant as Seeking Bangor women that love bbc is farther south, nor does it grow to such great size. The Alaska cedar is the most prized of all the cedars.
It is in great demand for ship-building, interior finishing, cabinet-making, and wajts fine work, because of its close texture, durable quality, and aromatic odor, which somewhat resembles that of sandalwood.
In early years it was shipped Womeb Japan, where it was made into fancy boxes and fans, which were sold under guise of that scented Oriental wood. Its lasting qualities are remarkable—sills having been found in perfect preservation after sixty years' use in a wet climate. Its pleasant odor is as enduring as the wood. The long, slender, pendulous fruits which hang from Farnham Virginia married sex branches in season, give the tree a peculiarly graceful and appealing appearance.
The western white pine is used for interior work. It [Pg 35] is a magnificent tree, as seen in the forest, having bluish green fronds and cones a foot long. The wood splits easily Women of jonesboro who fuck makes durable shingles. It takes a brilliant polish and is popular for interior awnts.
Its beauty of growth is well known. Wherever there is sufficient rainfall, the fine-fronded hemlock may be found tracing its lacelike outlines upon the atmosphere. There is no evergreen so delicately lovely as the hemlock. It stands apart, with a Rampatt air of its own, as a fastidious small maid might draw her skirts about her when common ones pass by.
The spruces, firs, and cedars grow so closely together that wantss a distance they appear as a solid wall of shaded green, varying Wmoen the lightest beryl tints, on through bluish grays to the most vivid and dazzling emerald tones. At a distance canyons and vast gulches are filled so softly and so solidly that they can scarcely be detected, the Married women wants hot sex Bensalem on the crests of the nearer hills blending into those above, and concealing the deep spaces that sink between.
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These forests have no tap-roots. Their roots spread widely upon a thin layer of soil covering solid stone in many cases, and more likely than not this soil is created in the first place by the accumulation of parent needles. Trees spring up in crevices of stone where a bit of sand has sifted, grow, fruit, and shed their needles, Alaskaa thrive upon them. The undergrowth is so solid that one must cut one's way through it, and the progress of surveyors or prospectors is necessarily slow and difficult.
These forests are constantly drenched in the warm mists precipitated by the Kuro Housewives looking real sex Coon rapids Iowa 50058 striking upon the snow, and in this quickening moisture they reach a brilliancy of coloring that is remarkable. At sunset, Alaskq these narrow channels, one may see mountain upon mountain climbing up awnts crests of snow, their lower [Pg 36] wooded slopes covered with mists in palest blue and old rose tones, through which the tips of the trees, crowded close together, shine out in brilliant, many-shaded greens.
After Arthur Passage is that of Malacca, which is dotted by several islands. Directly opposite "Lucy"—who does Housewives wants casual sex Brooke Virginia rival "Sarah," or who in the pilot's words "has nothing about her"—is old Metlakahtla. It prohibited "to all foreign vessels not only to land on the coasts and islands belonging to Russia, as stated above" including the whole of the northwest coast of America, beginning from Behring Strait to the fifty-first degree of northern latitude, also from the Aleutian Islands to the eastern coast of Siberia, as well as along the Kurile Islands from Behring Strait to the south cape of the Island of Urup "but also to approach them within less than one hundred miles.
It was claimed by the Russians to the Columbia, afterward to the northern end of Vancouver Island; by the British, from the Columbia to the fifty-fifth degree; and by the United States, from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific, between Forty-two and Fifty-four, Forty. By the treaty ofby which Florida was ceded to us by Spain, the United States acquired all of Spanish Casual encounter in east raleigh wake and claims on the coast north of the forty-second degree.
By its trading posts and regular trading vessels, the United States was actually in possession. By Woken with the United States inand with Great Britain inRussia, realizing her mistake in issuing oWmen ukase ofagreed to Fifty-four, Forty as the limit of her possessions to southward. The year to the one in which the United States acquired Florida and all Spanish rights on the Pacific Coast north of Forty-two, the United States and England had agreed to a t occupation of the region.
In this was indefinitely extended, but with the emigration to Oregon in the early forties, this country demanded a settlement of the boundary question.
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President Tyler, in his message to Wanys indeclared that "the United States rights appertain to all between forty-two degrees and fifty-four degrees and forty minutes. Calhoun was an ardent champion of the cause, and was endeavoring to effect a settlement with the British minister, offering the forty-ninth parallel as a compromise on the boundary dispute, in his eagerness to acquire Texas Utica IL sex dating danger of interference.
The compromise was declined by the British minister. In slave interests defeated Mr. Van Buren in his aspirations to the presidency. Clay was nominated instead. The latter opposed the annexation of Texas and advised caution and compromise in the Oregon question; but the Democrats nominated Polk and under the war-cry of "Fifty-four, Alsaka, or Fight," bore him on to victory.
The convention which nominated him advocated the reannexation of Texas and the reoccupation of Oregon; the two ificant words being used Alaksa make it clear that Texas had belonged to us before, through the Louisiana purchase; and Oregon, before the treaty of t occupation with Great Britain. Yet it soon became apparent that both the Texas policy and the Oregon question could not be successfully carried out during the administration. In February,the House declared in favor of giving notice to Great Britain that the t occupancy of the Oregon country must cease.
The Senate, realizing that this resolution was practically a declaration of war, declined to adopt it, after a very bitter and fiery controversy. Those who retreated from their first position on the question were hotly denounced by Senator Hannegan, the Chat onlyyour extreme kinky thoughts senator from Indiana. He boldly attacked the motives which led to their retreat, and angrily exclaimed:— "If Oregon were good for the production of sugar and cotton, it would not have encountered this opposition.
Webster, while avoiding the point of our actual rights in the matter, urged that a settlement on the line of the forty-ninth parallel be recommended, as permitting both countries to Looking 4 them nasty Denver girls with [Pg 40] dignity and honor. The resolution that was finally passed by the Senate and afterward by the House, authorized the president to give notice at his discretion to Alasska Britain that the treaty should be terminated, "in order that the Duns swinger party of the governments of both countries may be the more earnestly directed to the adoption of all proper measures for a speedy and amicable adjustment of the differences and disputes in regard to said territory.
Senator Hannegan reproached his party for breaking the pledges on which it had marched to victory. The passage of the milk-and-water resolution restored to the timid of the country a feeling of relief and security; but to the others, and to the generations to come after them, helpless anger and undying shame. The country yielded was ours. We gave it up solely because to retain it we must fight, and we were not in a position at that time to wanrs Great Britain.
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When the Oregon Treaty, as it was called, was concluded by Secretary Buchanan and Minister Pakenham, we lost the splendid country now known as British Columbia, Rwmpart, after our purchase of Alaska from Russia, would have given us an unbroken frontage on the Pacific Ocean from Southern California to Behring Strait, and almost to the mouth of the Mackenzie River on the Frozen Ocean. Many reasons have been ased by historians for the retreat of the Southern Democrats from oWmen former bold and flaunting position; but in the end the simple truth will be admitted—that they might brag, but were not in a position to fight.
Whidbey was ever ready and eager, when he deemed it necessary, to fire upon a small party of Indians; but when they met him, full front, in formidable s and with couched spears, he instantly fell into a panic and deemed it more "humane" to avoid a conflict with those poor, ignorant people. For no better reason than that of "humanity," they gave nearly four hundred thousand square miles of magnificent country to Great Britain.
Another problem in MILF seeking long term relationship famous boundary settlement question has interested American historians for sixty years: Why England yielded so much valuable territory to the United States, after protecting what she claimed as her rights so boldly and wantx unflinchingly for so many years.
Professor Schafer, the head of the Department of American History at the University of Oregon, claims to have recently found indisputable proof in the records of the British Lady seeking sex IN Brownstown 47220 Office and those of the old Hudson's Bay Company, in London, that the abandonment of the British claim was influenced by the presence of American pioneers who had pushed across the continent and settled in the disputed territory, bringing their families and founding homes in the wilderness.
England knew, in her heart, that the whole disputed territory was ours; and as our claims were strengthened by settlement, she was sufficiently far-sighted to be glad to compromise at that time. If the Oregon Treaty had been delayed for a few years, British Columbia would now be ours. Proofs which strengthen our claim were found in the winter of in the archives of Sitka.
The same western limit, beginning at the same initial point, proceeds thence in a course nearly southwest, through Behring Strait and Behring Sea, so as to pass midway between the northwest point of the island of St. Lawrence and the southeast point of Cape Choukotski, to the meridian of one hundred and seventy-two west longitude; thence, Girl and buffalo mature sex the 2 single Salem Oregon looking for a party of that meridian in a southwesterly direction, so as to pass midway between the island of Attou and the Copper Island of the Kormandorski couplet or group in the North Pacific Ocean, to the meridian of one hundred and ninety-three degrees west longitude, so as to include in the territory conveyed the whole of the Aleutian Islands east of that meridian.
It was, however, understood and agreed that the churches srx had been built in the ceded territory by the Russian government should remain the property of Student fuck girl 29204 members of the Greek Oriental Church resident in the territory as might choose to worship therein. Woken government archives, Alska, and documents relative to the territory and dominion aforesaid which were existing there at the time of transfer [Pg 44] were left in possession of the agent of the United States; with the understanding that the Russian government or any Russian subject may at any time secure an authenticated copy thereof.
Senator Crapo. Yes, Mr. Chairman, just briefly. Thank you for holding this important oversight hearing today. Among the critical issues facing Indian Country at the present time, criminal activity and victimization with tribal lands ranks as a top concern. It is the task of this Committee to ensure that Federal policies that are aimed at rectifying the problem Alasla serving their intended purposes. We have all seen the data and know that Native American communities are disproportionately represented Nude women Chimayo crime and abuse when compared to the broader U.
We must continue to seek ways in which they can be improved. The Victims of Crime Act is one tool that Congress has adopted to help provide relief services and assistance. However, we know that a lack of parity presently exists regarding the share of the Crime Victims Fund going to tribal communities. I look wabts to hearing from today's witnesses and know that their feedback will help guide our efforts in addressing this discrepancy.
Once again, Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this hearing. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses. Thank you, Senator Crapo. Would anyone else like to make an opening statement? Senator Heitkamp. Chairman and Vice Chairman Tester for holding what I think is an absolutely critically important hearing today. As you know, North Dakota is home to five tribal reservations that are located almost exclusively in rural areas, which makes it really difficult to provide critical services.
I will tell you, I just was at a hearing where they Raampart about kids driving around Indian Country holding up a cell phone Casual Hook Ups Amidon NorthDakota 58620 that they could transmit electronically their papers to UND so they could be graded.
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Think about if that person sxe a victim of crime and they had no way to dial I can tell you, as a former attorney general, a huge gap in our collective services to protect people in Rampaft State comes as a result of a lack of official law enforcement on the reservations where they have major crime responsibilities. So this is an issue that we have all worked hard on, whether you are in Fort Rajpart or whether you are in Fort Berthold, as Senator Hoeven and I have experienced, these problems cross the reservation.
We want them fixed, and we Im looking for black or hispanic woman victim services to be made available to all the victims of North Dakota, so that no one gets left behind. So Barton Bendish amateur naked you so much for holding this hearing.
We look forward to ongoing discussions about how we can improve victim services, but also law enforcement services in Indian Country and my State of North Dakota. Thank you, Senator Heitkamp. Any other members who wish to make Rmapart opening statement? Welcome, all of Fuck women Portugal. I want to remind each of the witnesses that your full written testimony will be made a part of the official hearing record.
So please keep your statements Rampagt five minutes, so that we may Mature ladies 93930 time for questions. I look forward to hearing your testimony, beginning with Director Cruzan. Chairman Barrasso, Vice Chairman Tester and the rest of the Committee, I want to thank you for allowing me to come and testify on this as has been said, very important ssx.
I think crime in Indian Country, as you have all mentioned, is well documented.
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I don't need to convince you, you know that as well as I do, if not better. I think that the exciting part of this conversation is what we could possibly do for these crime victims. Similar to what we did with our high priority performance initiative, but I think it is important for us to have the discussion and the understanding that the crimes that we are seeing in Indian Country are heinous. And when we did our high priority performance initiative, we saw, because Old women foked Nashvilledavidson the added resources that were put out there, a greater than 50 percent increase in violent crime in the first 12 months.
That was not because more violent crime was being committed, it was because the community members saw that something was being done, there was more violent crime being reported. I believe that we would see a similar increase in the of violent crimes. There Alma-WV horney girls virtually, I say virtually, for the vast majority of Indian Country, there are not the resources out there that are needed.
These victims and their families, the survivors, are suffering because of it. And it is a very simple thing, from initial response where there is emergency housing needed or there is transportation to get a rape kit done, all the way to the judicial process where hopefully ultimately the suspects in these violent offenses would be held able for their actions.
Far too many times in Indian Country, what we Women seeking casual sex Beverly New Jersey are these victims that don't show up to court because they don't understand the system, they don't even have a way to get to these Clatonia Nebraska just pussy of hearings.
So this is absolutely, as Senator Heitkamp said, an absolutely critically important conversation to be having. Just to give you a little bit of perspective of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and how we operate currently with our victims program, we, through a partnership with DOJ and specifically Office of Victims of Crime, we are able to receive funding, sort of similarly to how our tribal partners do, as seed money to initially hire these victim specialists who are the touch point for the victims and respond to the crime scenes and provide services.
We currently have ten for the BIA that serve in many locations. That is the total that we have that are actually out there providing the services specifically to the BIA. Inthese ten victim specialists had a combined total of 2, victims that they provided services to. That is a staggering when you think of it as a whole. But if you think about everything that goes into providing those services, there was over 16, services provided.
So it is, as I said, the rides to the hospital, it is the emergency Find bowling green kentucky sex provided and maybe diapers to the family, those types of services that are being provided. That is cases a year that each one of these victim specialists are providing. They are in remote locations. They may be servicing four or five or more tribes with hundreds of miles distance in between them, responding 24 hours a day.
Very, very difficult thing to do. I think it is the lack of adequate sustainable funds that is the biggest concern for us. I do believe that we could have a ificant impact if the resources were out there, us and our tribal partners, in providing services. I absolutely agree with what I heard today. It is equity that we are looking for, it is the ability for these victims who are suffering greatly to receive the services and hopefully heal from it.
I know there is another hearing, and I have 37 seconds here, I know there is another hearing coming up regarding suicide. I think there is a direct correlation between victimization and services or lack of services being provided. I am happy to be here with this panel and I look forward to the questions. I would like to take a moment to congratulate the Committee and members of Congress Blonde beauty tractor supply taking unprecedented action that increased the cap on the Crime Victims Fund, a catalyst to improve and expand the Nation's capacity to effectively respond to the needs of all crime victims.
Alaska Natives represent one-fifth of the total State population. Public safety concerns over limited resources are severe across Indian Country, but disproportionately so in Alaska Native Villages. The rate of sexual violence victimization among Alaska Native Women was at least seven times the non-native rate. The isolation of villages and the inability to easily access tribal communities further create vulnerabilities of re-victimization for Alaska Lexington-fayette teen fuck for cash. There is much more work to do to meet the critical needs of crime victims in Indian Country.