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Keynote Address by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., (December 2010) Video Clip 2 Transcript

This video clip (AG #2) is a selected highlight of the Attorney General Eric Holder’s Speech at the 12th National Indian Nations Conference.

Another video clip (AG #1) of the speech and related transcripts are also available.

[Start of video clip.]

[Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., speaking on stage at the 12th National Indian Nations Conference.]

As you all know, on tribal lands, violent crime rates are now 2, 4, and in some cases, 10 times the national average. In too many tribal communities, lives have been scarred by violence and by crime. The status quo is alarming and it is unacceptable.

Tonight, I want to reaffirm the Justice Department’s commitment, President Obama’s commitment, and my own commitment to building and sustaining healthy and safe native communities, to renewing our Nation’s enduring promise to American Indians and Alaska Natives, to respecting the sovereignty and self-determination of tribal governments, and to ensuring that the progress that we have achieved in recent years is not derailed.

Tribal justice and safety is a priority for this United States Department of Justice and I am proud that the Department has taken a number of steps to address public safety concerns in tribal communities.

[End of video clip.]

Related Conference Video Clips and Transcripts:

Transcript and Video Clip 1 of the AG Eric Holder’s Speech

Transcript and Video Clip 2 of the AG Eric Holder’s Speech

Transcript and Video Clip 1 of Larry Echo Hawk’s Speech

Transcript and Video Clip 2 of Larry Echo Hawk’s Speech

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