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Benewah County Coalition Honored

Michelle Fink presents the Civil Rights Award at the 2013 Human Rights Banquet in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Christina Crawford accepts on behalf of the Benewah County Human Rights Coalition. (Video courtesy of Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19)

A human rights organization in Benewah County has received this year’s Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Civil Rights Award. The Benewah Human Rights Coalition was presented the award Monday night at the annual human rights banquet hosted by the task force in Coeur d’Alene. The coalition, founded two years ago, was singled out for its successful anti-bullying program with the St. Maries and Lakeside school districts. The nonprofit group also has worked to improve relations between members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and nontribal residents/Scott Maben, SR. More here.


SR: Education Can Ease Fear, Bigotry

The cultural tensions in Benewah County, Idaho, are long-standing and problematic. The western portion of the rural county is dominated by the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe, where economic opportunities are expanding, thanks largely to the successful tribal casino. But the eastern portion is struggling. Add to this the 2001 U.S. Supreme Court decision that handed control of the lower third of Lake Coeur d’Alene to the tribe and there is plenty of fodder for resentment and, yes, outright bigotry. But the situation isn’t hopeless. With the recent formation of the Benewah Human Rights Coalition, the founders hope to combat unwarranted fears by patiently and respectfully shining a light on the fact that reality isn’t so scary. The overall goal is to improve cooperation between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and nontribal members/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: What impact have human rights groups had in North Idaho?

Benewah Human Rights Group Forms

A fledgling human rights organization in Benewah County has formed with a goal of promoting better relations between members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and nontribal residents. “If you live on the west side (of Benewah County), you see the benefits of the (tribal) medical facilities, the free transportation and the employment that they provide both tribal and nontribal members,” said Christina Crawford, pictured, president of the Benewah Human Rights Coalition, and a former county commissioner. “If you see the good parts and the positive aspects, you perhaps have a different attitude than if you don’t ever see them. Our hope is to be able to bridge the gap of inadequate information.” The tribe is not involved with the coalition, said tribal spokesman Marc Stewart, but applauds its formation and its effort to promote human rights/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: What will the Benewah coalition have to do to help reduce tension between governing officials in the St. Maries area and the dominant Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe in the western part?

Benewah Human Rights Group Starts

Item: Human rights panel prepares for action: Benewah County Group in process of incorporation/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: A fledgling human rights group is preparing to move into action in Benewah County. The Benewah Human Rights Coalition, led by former county commissioner Christina Crawford began forming earlier this year. “Our goal is to provide education to make sure that people are treated fairly and to keep a record of incidents and activities that are not in keeping with peaceful coexistence,” Crawford told The Press.

Question: What will be the biggest challenge that the Benewah County human rights group faces?

Christina Crawford: “There are serious issues”

Mike Kane, lobbyist for the Idaho Sheriffs Association, has proposed two amendments to the tribal policing bill. One would place everything under the purview of the local sheriff and prosecutor. The other would revoke POST certification of any tribal officer who cited a non-tribal member into tribal court. Lawmakers had lots of questions about the amendments, and Coeur d'Alene Tribe lobbyist Bill Roden said earlier that Kane made proposals that were unacceptable to the tribe, including “that no Indian officer could ever have anything to do with a non-Indian person, and I frankly resent that statement.”

Christina Crawford, former Benewah County commissioner, told the House Judiciary Committee, “There are serious issues in terms of response time that are not a criticism of the sheriff. It's a question of the logistics of the district.” Betsy Russell, EOB  More.

“no Indian officer could ever have anything to do with a non-Indian person”

Benewah Voters Boot Crawford

Christina Crawford, the Benewah County commissioner who supported Democrat Keith Allred in the general election, was shown the door by voters Tuesday night, according to Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. Phil Lampert easily defeated incumbent Crawford in the race for county commissioner, 2080-892. Another incumbent Teresa Jeffrey also lost her bid for re-election as county assessor to Donna Spier, 1679-1312. Crawford is the daughter of late actress Joan Crawford. After her appointment to the county commission by Republican Gov. Butch Otter, Crawford made waves by suggesting that the county have better relations with the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe and occasionally raising a dissenting voice on the Jack Buell-led commission. Of the gubernatorial race, Crawford said: “Keith Allred is our best hope for a brighter Idaho future. He understands our issues: taxes, jobs, education and he is willing to work for everyone, not just the powerful few.” So much for independent thought in the Benewah County Courthouse.

Question: Is there room for independent-thinking women in elected office in Benewah County?

Otter’s Pick Crawford Backs Allred

For some reason, I don’t think Gov. Butch Otter would have appointed Christina Crawford to the Benewah County Board of County Commissioners, if he’d known she was going to support his opponent in the next general election. Democrat Keith Allred’s office contacted Huckleberries Online to say that she has done just that. Shea Andersen of Allred’s office writes: “We’re happy to receive the endorsement of Benewah County Commissioner Christina Crawford today.” Here’s the statement of Crawford, who’s the daughter of famous actress Joan Crawford: “Keith Allred is our best hope for a brighter Idaho future. He understands our issues: taxes, jobs, education and he is willing to work for everyone, not just the powerful few. I support him as candidate for Governor.”

Question: What do you make of Christina Crawford’s gubernatorial endorsement?

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