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Crotty Advocates for VAWA Renewal

Last week all eyes were on Washington, D.C., where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was besieged by reports of sexual misconduct. Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty was there, too and her topic was also violence against women. Crotty spoke before the Bipartisan Working Group to End Domestic Violence.

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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

12/8/2018

article Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
(Mississippi) -- The Violence Against Women Act remains mired in partisan politics in the nation's capital but tribes continue to utilize the law to protect their...

12/7/2018

article Senate OKs Bill To Fight Crime Against Tribal Women (sub req)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill that would bolster law enforcement efforts to investigate the abductions and murders of Native American...
article Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
(Mississippi) -- The Violence Against Women Act remains mired in partisan politics in the nation's capital but tribes continue to utilize the law to protect their...

12/6/2018

article Supreme Court hears arguments in ‘separate sovereigns’ double jeopardy case
(Washington) -- The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Gamble v. United States, a case that will decide whether a longstanding exception to the...

12/5/2018

article Supreme Court takes up closely watched double jeopardy case
(Washington D.C.) -- The Constitution says you can't be tried twice for the same offense. And yet Terance Gamble is sitting in prison today because he was prosecuted...
article There’s an Exception to the Double-Jeopardy Rule
(Washington D.C.) -- Ask a lawyer to explain “sovereignty” and you’ll hear an elevated discussion of Enlightenment political thought, along with some...

11/9/2018

article Native Journalist Mary Ann Pember to keynote VAWA Event at Ohio University
(Ohio) -- The Native American Journalists Association’s past president and executive director Mary Annette Pember (Red Cliff Band Ojibwe) will be the keynote...

11/3/2018

article VAWA 2013 helped get justice for Natives, LGBTs
(Oklahoma) -- In the most recent reauthorization of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, 2013 provisions allowed undocumented immigrants to claim temporary visas and...
article With 23 death investigations since 2013, Alaska Native women face heightened threats of violence
(Alaska) -- It is Alaska's dark, open secret. Alaska Native women are far more likely to be sexually assaulted per capita than any other race in the state, and also...

11/1/2018

article Programs under Violence Against Women's Act forced to wait
(Oklahoma) -- With just five weeks left in the three-month Continuing Resolution extension of Violence Against Women's Act funding, some programs are at a standstill...
article Tribe May Prosecute Non-Indians For Domestic Violence
(Michigan) -- The Tribal Council of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) has authorized tribal police and justice officials to investigate and...

10/31/2018

article Solutions: Federal Policy
(Montana) -- Native American advocates urge reauthorization, expansion of Violence Against Women Act as delays halt action on the critical measure and efforts mount to...
article Disappeared
(Montana) -- With increased national attention on sexual assault in the #MeToo era, a contingent of Montana lawmakers hope to take advantage of the country’s...

10/30/2018

article Amid Violence Against Native Women: Lax Policing, Bad Data, and a Decades-Old Policy
(Oregon) -- Native and indigenous women have cried out for decades against the high rates of violence inflicted against them. And this year, they’re getting louder...

10/27/2018

article EDITORIAL: Voters should consider plight of violence victims
(Oklahoma) -- There is much at stake in the upcoming midterm election, capturing the public's attention and leaving us struggling to find common ground. These divisions...

10/26/2018

article Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein announces new funding for tribal justice resources
(Washington D.C.) -- In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with Acting Director of the Office on...

10/25/2018

article DOJ Funds Special Attorneys To Prosecute Crimes Against Native American Women
(Washington D.C.) -- The Office on Violence against Women at the Department of Justice will provide funding for a special prosecutor to focus on crimes against women in...

10/12/2018

article Alaska Natives to Congress: Expand Violence Against Women Act
(Washington D.C.) -- On his Facebook page, a father grieves the loss of his 10-year-old daughter, whom he had affectionately nicknamed “Dimples.” Her body...

10/7/2018

article Violence Against Women Act at Risk of Lapsing
(Washington D.C.) -- A landmark piece of federal legislation aimed at protecting women from violent crimes seems to be a low priority for the 115th Congress. The...

10/4/2018

article Nebraska Legislation Proposed To Investigate Violence Against Native Women
(Nebraska) -- As concern over missing and murdered Indigenous women grows across the United States, Senators Patty Pansing Brooks and Tom Brewer have announced plans to...
article Run to raise awareness of violence against Native women
(New Mexico) -- To kick off National Domestic Violence month, recognized yearly in October, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women is sponsoring “I...

10/3/2018

article Violence Against Women Act at risk of lapsing
(Washington D.C.) -- A landmark piece of federal legislation aimed at protecting women from violent crimes seems to be a low priority for the 115th Congress. The...

10/2/2018

article Crotty Advocates for VAWA Renewal
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week all eyes were on Washington, D.C., where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was besieged by reports of sexual misconduct. Navajo Nation...

9/29/2018

article OtherBull: Congress must prioritze Native women through legislation
(Colorado) -- It was a Sunday when Kirby Cleveland's wife and children were sitting at home watching TV when he became enraged. The 32-year-old had been drinking and...
article US doubles tribal funding to fight violence against women
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it gives tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it tries to tackle the high...

9/28/2018

article OP/ED: Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act must take place
(Washington D.C.) -- Few things have shaped my life more than the 13 years I served as a police officer. My very first call as a cop involved domestic violence. I still...

9/26/2018

article Spending Package Extends VAWA With No New Provisions
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House passed a spending package Wednesday to avoid a government shutdown Oct. 1. That bill, if signed by President Trump, would also extend...
article CN, advocate support VAWA continuation
(Washington D.C.) -- Up on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., a House resolution is in committee, waiting for an OK to be sent back for a possible vote on the chamber...

9/19/2018

article AG Fox joins others in urging Congress to renew Violence Against Women Act
(Montana) -- With funding set to expire this year, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox urged Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, saying it has been...
article Advocates Urge Better Reporting on Violence Against Native Women as Federal Fixes Stall
(Washington D.C.) -- The high rates of missing and murdered Native women have been gaining more public and political attention since Rewire.News began reporting on this...

9/16/2018

article Landmark Violence Against Women Act may expire while Congress tends to other business
(Washington D.C.) -- A landmark federal law enacted 24 years ago to govern investigations and prosecutions of violent crimes against women is set to expire at the end of...

9/13/2018

article Tribal leaders pitch Congress on farm bill, Violence Against Women Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Members of Congress met with tribal leaders during a two-day Tribal Unity Impact Days event hosted by the National Congress of American Indians this...

9/11/2018

article ICYMI: Despite Reforms, Native American Women Face High Rates of Crime
(New Mexico) -- For generations, Native American women have been victimized at astonishing rates, with federal figures showing that more than half have encountered...

9/10/2018

article Despite past reforms, Native women face high rates of crime
(New Mexico) -- For generations, Native American women have been victimized at astonishing rates, with federal figures showing that more than half have encountered...
article Eye-opening report on sexual assault against Native women
(Washington) -- New survey results from the Seattle Indian Health Board found that of the nearly 150 Native American women interviewed, nearly all reported being raped...

8/27/2018

article OP/ED: We must save the Violence Against Women Act
(Pennsylvania) -- The Violence Against Women Act or VAWA is due to be reauthorized by our legislature in September 2018. VAWA was passed in 1994 as Title IV of the...

8/22/2018

article The Violence Against Women Act Could Expire in September
(Washington D.C.) -- With summer fading and fall on the horizon, Congress will soon reconvene from recess and it’s safe to say that they’ll have their hands...

8/3/2018

article VAWA renewal due to uphold Native protection, jurisdiction
(Washington D.C.) -- The 2013 Violence Against Women Act reauthorization was intended to help address statistics like 60 percent of Native women reporting having been...

7/26/2018

article Time Running Out for Violence Against Women Act
(Washington D.C.) -- The Violence Against Women Act will expire at the end of September if lawmakers don’t act on a bill to extend the protections introduced by...

6/25/2018

article Native American Tribes Want To Close Loopholes In Violence Against Women Act
(Illinois) -- MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: A bitterly divided Supreme Court handed down its decision in a redistricting case today. It largely upheld the redrawing of...

4/15/2018

article Tribes see improvements, hurdles as they charge non-Natives
(Arizona) -- American Indian tribes have taken greater control over prosecuting non-tribal citizens who commit some violent crimes in Indian Country five years after...

4/3/2018

article American Indian Tribes See Improvements, Hurdles as They Charge non-Natives
(Arizona) -- American Indian tribes have taken greater control over prosecuting non-tribal members who commit some violent crimes in Indian Country five years after...

4/2/2018

article Tribes see improvements, hurdles as they charge non-Natives
(Arizona) -- American Indian tribes have taken greater control over prosecuting non-tribal members who commit some violent crimes in Indian Country five years after...

4/1/2018

article Pascua Yaqui lead shift in tribal courts’ handling non-native domestic violence suspects
(Arizona) -- A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases “has fundamentally changed the landscape of...

3/20/2018

article Congress Considers VAWA Reauthorization
(Washington D.C.) -- Over the last five years Native American tribes have convicted 74 non-native abusers, thanks to the 2013 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act...
article NCAI Releases Five-Year Report on Tribal Nations Exercising Violence Against Women Act
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Congress of American Indians has released a new report summarizing results of the first five years of tribal government-expanded...

3/1/2018

article Native Advocates, Members of Congress Call for Legislation to Protect Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- More than 84 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. Yet legal protections for domestic and...

2/19/2018

article Advocates Seek Justice for Abused Native American Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Over the past several months, dozens of women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by celebrities and politicians, prompting a global...

1/4/2018

article Violence Against Women Act Could Improve Prosecution Rates On Wind River Reservation
(Wyoming) -- The Eastern Shoshone tribe said it is moving forward to adopt the Violence Against Women Act in an effort to better prosecute sexual assaults of Native...

8/29/2017

article DEER: Bystander No More? Improving the Federal Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country
(Utah) -- For better or worse, the federal government has taken responsibility for providing for the protection of Native people. So long as the federal government...

5/23/2017

article First Non-Indian Jury Trial Conviction In Indian Country Prosecuted At Tucson, Arizona's Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court
(Arizona) -- The first jury trial conviction of a non-Indian defendant under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) occurred on May 9 in the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona...

3/25/2017

article Law was meant to let American Indians prosecute violence; is it working?
(Washington D.C.) -- When you hear about violence against women, the commonly used statistics are 1 in 2 have experienced physical violence in their lifetime while 1 in...

2/24/2017

article Tribal Justice Coming Down on Outsiders Now
(USA) -- Three American Indian tribes are getting the authority to prosecute non-members in domestic violence cases on reservations under a pilot program announced...

1/11/2017

article Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) is refusing to repudiate his opposition to tribal jurisdiction despite acknowledging that non-Indians contribute to...
article Sessions questioned about voting record on Colville supported VAWA
(Washington D.C.) -- During the first day of Senate confirmation hearings that saw Sen. Jeff Session (R-Alabama) defend his voting record for nearly 8 hours in hopes of...

1/10/2017

article Patrick Leahy ruthlessly dogs Jeff Sessions over his opposition to the Violence Against Women Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) relentlessly pressed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) about the decision to vote against the Violence Against Women Act during...

12/22/2016

article Sault Tribe amends laws to protect tribal women
(Michigan) -- The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 was enacted in response to the epidemic of violence against Native women. Under VAWA, tribes could...

12/1/2016

article VAWA has yet to be exercised at MCN
(Oklahoma) -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has yet to exercise the 2013 Violence Against Women Act reauthorization after National Council approval to implement it March...

10/18/2016

article Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North America
(Washington D.C.) -- Top leaders from three nations gathered at the at the White House on Friday in an unprecedented effort to combat high rates of violence against...

10/13/2016

article White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girls
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House is hosting the first-ever meeting of the North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women & Girls on Friday.

9/18/2016

article Alexander First Nation chief refutes calls to step down over sex assault charges
(Canada) -- Some member of an Alberta community demand their chief step down. Chief Kurt Burnstick of Alexander First Nation faces charges of sexual assault.Burnstick...

9/8/2016

article Opinion: Wabanaki women deserve the protection and justice of tribal courts
(Maine) -- We are a group of white people in Maine who care about the injustice of failing to fully implement the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA.

8/1/2016

article After long wait, Pascua Yaqui to join crime information network
(Alaska) -- Pascua Yaqui tribal courts have two outstanding warrants for Violence Against Women Act offenses, but no one else knows about it. Tribal authorities suspect...

7/10/2016

article OP/ED: How protecting tribal sovereignty hurts victims on reservations
(New York) -- “Michael Bryant Jr. choked, bit, beat, kicked, pulled hair, threw women to the floor and hit them over the head with a bottle,” according to a...

6/21/2016

article Oklahoma Abortion Bill Veto Opens Tribal Jurisdiction Question
(Oklahoma) -- The state of Oklahoma came close last month to Senate Bill 1552, which would have made it a felony for a physician to perform an abortion, becoming a law....

5/22/2016

article Justice Dept. Official Identifies Problems in Federal Law Targeting Violence against Native American Women
(New Mexico) -- A U.S. Justice Department official identified significant gaps Wednesday in a federal law aimed at addressing high rates of violence against Native...

5/19/2016

article Feds: Law Aimed To Stop Abuse Of Indian Women Has Gaps
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. Justice Department official identified significant gaps Wednesday in a federal law aimed at addressing high rates of violence against Native...

5/5/2016

article Tribe now can prosecute non-Natives for domestic violence
(Michigan) -- When Christine Lanning walks through SAFE Place's foyer, she braces for heartbreak. She hopes during her visits for board meetings that she won't...

4/14/2016

article Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill introduced in the Senate this week marks the first major proposal to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians since a hard-fought victory...

4/12/2016

article The VAWA Play: Changing the Law, One Show at a Time
(Washington D.C.) -- The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe is the last “arty” stop for Sliver of a Full Moon, a play by Mary Kathryn Nagle that...

3/13/2016

article Tribal leaders attend briefing on the Implementation of the Violence Against Women Act: Push to Further Protect Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- More than 100 people accepted the invitation to attend a congressional briefing, Violence Against Women and Implementation of VAWA 2013 Special...

3/8/2016

article Cherokee Nation celebrates anniversary of Violence Against Women Act
(Oklahoma) -- Monday marked the third anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, with the Cherokee Nation celebrating with a proclamation ceremony in the W.W. Keeler...

3/7/2016

article Cherokee Nation celebrates 3rd anniversary of VAWA
(Oklahoma) -- Monday marked the third anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, with the Cherokee Nation celebrating with a proclamation ceremony in the W.W. Keeler...

2/23/2016

article Tribal Leaders Call for Expanded Jurisdiction Over Non-Native Domestic Violence Offenders
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders and advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to brief Congress on implementation of a provision in the 2013 Violence Against...

2/12/2016

article NCAI, Women's Groups Back Reliance On Tribal Convictions [sub req'd]
(New York) -- The National Congress of American Indians and Native American women’s advocacy groups have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Ninth Circuit...

1/13/2016

article Non-Native Guilty in Tribal Domestic Violence Crackdown
(New Mexico) -- A non-native man pleaded guilty Jan. 12 in a federal court to assaulting a Native American woman on a New Mexico reservation. Until recently, tribal...

1/7/2016

article Cherokee Nation working to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA
(Oklahoma) -- The largest tribe in the United States plans to exercise its authority over non-Indian domestic violence offenders. The Violence Against Women Act...

11/19/2015

article Senate committee to examine Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will be taking a look at the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 at a hearing next month. President Barack Obama...

11/2/2015

article Tribes are now able to prosecute non-Indians for domestic violence
(New Mexico) -- To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness month, the U.S. Department of Justice hosted a streaming video presentation that featured reports from tribes...

10/31/2015

article Tribes are now able to prosecute non-Indians for domestic violence
(New Mexico) -- To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness month, the U.S. Department of Justice hosted a streaming video presentation that featured reports from tribes...

10/21/2015

article Yakama tribe to get authority for some court cases
(Washington) -- Some civil and criminal cases involving members of the Yakama Nation will be returned to the tribe's jurisdiction, after being handled for decades by...

10/20/2015

article Feds Stall on VAWA Funding
(Washington D.C.) -- Even as John L. Tsosie and others take part in “Walking the Healing Path,” to raise awareness of domestic violence, many tribes are...

10/8/2015

article Pioneering tribes share experiences with prosecuting non-Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- Three pioneering tribes that have been prosecuting non-Indians for domestic violence offenses have yet to see any challenges to their inherent...

9/6/2015

article Tribal Justice: Prosecuting non-Natives for sexual assault on reservations
(Minnesota) -- STEPHEN FEE: Lisa Brunner spent her childhood on and around the White Earth Indian reservation, a huge tract of land in northern Minnesota that’s...

9/4/2015

article Cherokee Nation citizen honored for role in VAWA reauthorization
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizen and Cherokee Nation Businesses Vice President of Government Relations Kim Teehee was recently honored by the Eastern Band of...

8/31/2015

article Tribe gets second VAWA conviction
(North Carolina) -- Marquis Ford, 34, was convicted on Tuesday, Aug. 18 in the Cherokee Court for Special Domestic Violence for Assault on a Female, Simple Assault, and...

8/12/2015

article Cherokee court hands out first-ever sentence to non-Indian
(North Carolina) -- What in most courts would have been a simple case of violating a domestic violence protective order was a landmark moment for the Cherokee Tribal...

8/3/2015

article Attorney General Publishes Opinion on Tribal Protection Orders
(Alaska) -- Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards published a formal Attorney General Opinion last week regarding whether state and local law enforcement can enforce a...

7/31/2015

article Alaska Native tribes no longer have to register restraining orders with state
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native tribes will no longer have to jump through extra hoops to have their domestic violence restraining orders enforced by the state. A legal...
article Attorney General Says Tribal Protection Orders Deserve Equal Recognition
(Alaska) -- Law enforcement must uphold tribal protection orders the same as it does state protective orders, regardless of whether the order has been registered with...

7/29/2015

article Congress fails to provide funds to help tribes comply with VAWA
(Washington D.C.) -- The Violence Against Women Act of 2013 included landmark provisions that recognize tribal authority over non-Indian offenders. The law authorized $...

7/24/2015

article Tribe prosecutes first non-Indian under VAWA
(North Dakota) -- John Michael Arkansas, 55, was convicted on Tuesday, July 21 in the Cherokee Court for one count of Special Domestic Violence for violating a Domestic...

7/3/2015

article Youth Key to Stopping Cycle of Violence Against Women
(New Mexico) -- As a child, Jovanna Pasena felt unsafe. While growing up in New Mexico’s small San Felipe Pueblo, Pasena endured her father’s erratic and...

6/21/2015

article Domestic Abusers Have Gone Unpunished in Native American Country — Until Now
(USA) -- There was nothing Michael Valenzuela could do about it. Nobody could, really. The victim was a tribal member living on the reservation and dating a non-Native...
article Federal Court Stops Utah from Prosecuting Crimes on Ute Reservation in Case Filed in 1975
(Utah) -- Utah prosecutors who for years wouldn’t take no for an answer have been slapped down again by a federal appeals court that ruled the state can’t...

5/20/2015

article Are Tribal Courts Developed Enough For VAWA? Pascua Yaqui Proves It
(Arizona) -- The American Bar Association Journal summed up the situation this way in a recent article on Reclaiming Sovereignty: “Indian tribes are retaking...

5/13/2015

article Tribal Law on Domestic Violence Takes Effect
(USA) -- The law passed under the latest reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is designed to expand the jurisdiction of tribal courts and quell a major...

4/10/2015

article Native Sun News: Tribes meet to discuss VAWA implementation
(South Dakota) -- It was announced in March that all tribes are now eligible to investigate and prosecute not only Indians but also non-Indians who commit crimes of...

4/6/2015

article Law Targets Abuse Of Native American Women
(USA) -- A new law comes into effect in the US this month designed to close a loophole that allows non-Indian men to attack women on Indian reservations and get away...
article Outsiders have been raping Native American women with ‘impunity’ — but legal loophole may finally close
(USA) -- Native American tribes may finally begin prosecuting sex assaults under the federal Violence Against Women Act, closing a legal loophole that allowed outsiders...
article US Indian reservations tackle abuse
(USA) -- In the United States, rapists are exploiting a legal loophole that allows them to get away with targeting Native American women. Indian reservations are...

4/1/2015

article Tribal leaders urged to apply Violence Against Women Act
(South Dakota) -- For Peter Yucupicio, domestic violence is all too personal. As a 12-year-old growing up on a Native American reservation, he told a Rapid City...

3/31/2015

article Rape Survivors’ Stories in Full FORCE; Focus on Abuse Against Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Hundreds of stories from survivors of rape and abuse will be on display at the Oklahoma Capitol on Thursday as part of an effort to draw attention...

3/26/2015

article Law lets tribes prosecute non-native abusers
(Alaska) -- With a new provision of the federal 2013 Violence Against Women Act going into effect this month, U.S. Native American tribes now have the authority to...

3/19/2015

article Native Americans Face Legal Challenges In Domestic Violence Cases
(California) -- As of this month, Native American tribes across the country are allowed to prosecute crimes against women in their own courts, even if the perpetrator is...

3/16/2015

article Native Americans Can Prosecute Non-Natives In Tribal Court
(USA) -- As of this month, Native American tribes across the country are allowed to prosecute crimes against women in their own courts, even if the perpetrator is non-...

3/15/2015

article Expansion of Indian Court Jurisdiction by Al Baker
(Washington) -- A recent expansion of Indian Court jurisdiction is evidence that the judicial process may be moving closer to recognition of true Tribal Sovereignty....

3/12/2015

article Prosecution of non-Indians now under tribal jurisdiction
(Montana) -- A new tribal and federal government law takes effect next week allowing the Fort Peck Tribes to arrest, investigate and prosecute non-Indians who commit...

3/10/2015

article Tribal governments can now prosecute non-Indians for some crimes
(Montana) -- Non-Indians who commit domestic violence crimes on Indian reservations can no longer hide behind the limited jurisdiction of tribal governments.
article Tribes reach key milestone with jurisdiction provisions of VAWA
(Washington D.C.) -- The tribal jurisdiction provisions of the the Violence Against Women Act became effective nationwide on Saturday, clearing the path for non-Indians...

3/9/2015

article Tribes now free to prosecute non-Indians for certain crimes
(Arizona) -- American Indian tribes across the country now have the authority to prosecute non-Indians for a limited set of crimes that center on domestic violence. The...

3/7/2015

article Tribal Governments Able to Take Criminal Action on Non-Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal governments may elect to begin exercising jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, or violate a...

3/6/2015

article At Last, Violence Against Women Act Lets Tribes Prosecute Non-Native Domestic Abusers
(Washington D.C.) -- Two years after Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, Native American tribes can finally take advantage of one of the law's most...
press release Tribal Governments Able to Take Criminal Action on Non-Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- On March 7, 2015, Tribal governments may elect to begin exercising jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating...

12/24/2014

article New law protects Alaska Native women
(Alaska) -- “Every woman you’ve met today has been raped,” a Galena, Alaska, woman told representatives from Indian Law and Order Commission in 2012....

12/19/2014

article Obama signs measure to extend VAWA tribal provision to Alaska
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama signed S.1474, the Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act, into law on Thursday. The bill repeals Section 910 of Section 910...
article Tribes prepare to implement new laws in Violence Against Women Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes across the country are preparing to implement historic provisions allowing them to prosecute non-Natives accused of specific crimes on tribal...

12/15/2014

article VAWA jurisdiction provision poses special issue for Alaska tribes
(Alaska) -- A bill to bring Alaska tribes into the Violence Against Women Act is headed President Barack Obama for his signature but it poses a special issue in the...

12/14/2014

article Repeal of ‘Alaska exemption’ gives tribes more power to protect Alaska Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- In the final days of the 113th Congress, lawmakers passed a bill this past week that will allow Alaska Native communities to take steps to better...

12/13/2014

article Congress gives tribal courts more power to protect Alaska Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- In the final days of the 113th Congress, lawmakers passed a bill last week that will allow Alaska Native communities to take steps to better protect...

12/12/2014

article Congress clears bill to extend VAWA tribal provisions to Alaska
(Washington D.C.) -- The House passed S.1474, the Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act, by a voice vote on Thursday, bringing Alaska tribes into the Violence Against...

12/11/2014

article Senate backs measure to extend VAWA tribal provisions to Alaska
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate approved a streamlined version of S.1474, the Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act, by unanimous consent this evening.
article Tribes could issue protective orders against non-Natives
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow Alaska tribes to issue and enforce protective orders against non-Natives. Sen. Mark Begich’s...

11/16/2014

article Don't Listen to Predators
(Washington D.C.) -- The greatest resource of a tribal nation is their people. Every elected tribal council has a responsibility to the membership that they serve but...

10/15/2014

article New law lets Pascua Yaqui charge non-Indians with domestic violence
(Arizona) -- Imagine a police tribal officer has probable cause that someone committed an act of violence, yet is helpless to make an arrest. Reporter Megan Guthrie...

9/13/2014

press release 20 Years after VOWA, women still need legal protection
(Washington D.C.) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis marked 20 years since President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on September 13, 1994 with a...

9/9/2014

article Standing Up for Women’s Civil Rights, 20 Years After VAWA
(Washington D.C.) -- “The original law had three simple goals: make streets safer for women; make homes safer for women; and protect women’s civil rights....

9/5/2014

article Native Sun News: Grants help tribes fight violence against women
(Arizona) -- Speaking to tribes from across the Four Corners area, Associate Attorney General, Tony West, announced last week a release of $3 million in grants from the...

9/3/2014

article Violence Against Women Act trips up another GOP lawmaker
(Washington D.C.) -- Last year, we helped uncover an unfortunate pattern: at least nine congressional Republicans voted against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA),...

8/25/2014

article Native American Women Finally Seeing Protections They Need
(Washington D.C.) -- After decades of grassroots advocacy and calls to action, the Violence Against Women Act is putting justice back in the hands of tribal authorities...

8/5/2014

article Sen. Murkowski Tries to Undo Law She Promoted Preventing Alaska Native Courts from Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaska’s Republican U.S. senator, Lisa Murkowski, has come under heated criticism from Alaskan native groups and the Obama administration for...

8/4/2014

article Sen. Murkowski reverses position on 'Alaska exception’ to domestic violence law
(Washington D.C.) -- The 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act was heralded by President Barack Obama as a significant step for Native American women...

8/3/2014

article In rural villages, little protection for Alaska Natives
(Alaska) -- Her body lay in the back entryway of the church for 11 hours after villagers called the Alaska State Troopers for help. She was a 13-year-old nicknamed...
article Senator tries to repeal divisive provision she inserted in Violence Against Women Act
(Alaska) -- The 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act was heralded by President Obama as a significant step for Native American women because it allows...

7/21/2014

article Proponents fight for change so Alaska Natives covered by VAWA
(Alaska) -- Opponents of the reauthorization of a federal law passed last year say it has created a dangerous situation for Alaskan domestic violence victims and are...

6/26/2014

article AG supports repeal of VAWA section about tribal authority
(Alaska) -- Support for the repeal of section 910 of the Violence Against Women Act which in 2013 ensured tribal jurisdiction for tribes that held land, but excluded the...

6/15/2014

article DOJ supports bill to include Alaska tribes in VAWA jurisdiction
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice supports legislation to include Alaska tribes in S.47, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a senior...

6/13/2014

article New federal laws help, but still don’t fully protect Native American women from violence
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama toured the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota on Friday, marking his first visit to Indian Country since his 2008...

6/12/2014

article Work Still Left to Be Done, Tony West: Repeal VAWA to Include Alaska
(Alaska) -- As the Advisory Committee of the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence held its final public...

6/9/2014

article VAWA Already Improving Life for Pascua Yaqui Tribe
(Arizona) -- The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is making progress in Southern Arizona after being chosen to take early advantage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

5/24/2014

article Director of Office of Violence Against Women Visits Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
(Kansas) -- Bea Hanson, Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Office (DOJ) on Violence Against Women, made a special stop Tuesday to the Prairie Band...

5/20/2014

article Justice Long Denied Comes to Indian Country; First Post-VAWA Trial Set
(Arizona) -- The Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Arizona is making history. Nearly 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe (1978) that...

4/23/2014

article For one Arizona tribe, a chance for justice after decades of legal limbo
(Arizona) -- For many of the women on the Pascua Yaqui reservation, life before the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act brings up one very common memory.

4/22/2014

article VIDEO: Justice is slow to arrive for Native women
(USA) -- The Violence Against Women Act was expanded in 2013 to allow Native American tribes to prosecute non-Indians in cases involving domestic violence. Before that,...

4/19/2014

article A change in justice on Indian reservations
(Arizona) -- The Pascua Yaqui is one of three tribes chosen by the Justice Department for a pilot project allowing the prosecution of non-tribal men.

4/18/2014

article Arizona tribe set to prosecute first non-Indian under a new law
(Arizona) -- Tribal police chief Michael Valenzuela drove through darkened desert streets, turned into a Circle K convenience store and pointed to the spot beyond the...
article Inside the Pilot Project That Grants Tribal Authority Over Domestic Violence Cases
(Oregon) -- Nestled at the base of the Blue Mountain foothills, near the Oregon-Washington border, is the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation of...

4/8/2014

article Sen. Begich Presses VAWA Protections for Alaska Natives
(Washington D.C.) -- Having just chaired a portion of a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Sen. Mark Begich spoke to Indian Country Today Media...

3/31/2014

article Pascua Yaqui Begins Prosecuting Non-Natives Under VAWA
(Arizona) -- The Pascua Yaqui tribe in southern Arizona is beginning to prosecute non-Native Americans for domestic violence and sexual assault offenses committed on...

2/24/2014

article MONET: Bringing some justice to Indian Country with VAWA
(USA) -- Reporting for Al Jazeera America, Jenni Monet discusses tribal jurisdiction provisions in S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act:
article Domestic violence not tolerated by Pascua Yaqui Tribe
(Arizona) -- The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is taking a bold stand against domestic violence. A new law allows tribal police and courts to prosecute crimes committed by non-...

2/23/2014

article A Small Victory for Native Women
(USA) -- When President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) in 2013, he enacted legislation that allows Native American tribes to use...
article Prosecuting non-Native Americans
(Washington) -- Deborah Parker said it happened one night not far from the reservation. A white man coaxed a Tulalip Indian woman into his vehicle. He drove until he...

2/21/2014

article For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope'
(USA) -- This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice. For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes...
article Native-American tribes begin pilot program to prosecute domestic violence
(USA) -- For the first time since 1978, three Native-American tribes are able to prosecute non-Natives for domestic violence committed on tribal land.

2/20/2014

article For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope'
(Washington D.C.) -- This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice. For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has...

2/19/2014

article HERITAGE FOUNDATION: Domestic Abuse on Indian Reservations: How Congress Failed to Protect Women Against Violence
(Washington D.C.) -- Last year, Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). A provision in the statute grants Indian tribal courts concurrent...

2/15/2014

article Law Would Allow Tribe To Prosecute Non-Cherokee Domestic Violence Suspects
(Oklahoma) -- A bill signed into law a year ago will give local tribes the ability to prosecute non-Cherokee domestic violence suspects. The Cherokee Nation is one of...

2/14/2014

article Tribes Given Power to Prosecute Non-Natives for Domestic Violence Crimes
(Arizona) -- Soon, three Western Native American Tribes will have the authority to prosecute non-natives for domestic violence and a handful of other crimes committed on...

2/12/2014

article DOJ hearing: We are failing the children of Indian Country
(Arizona) -- Daniel Cauffman is trying to get back to his roots, and it starts with his name. Abused as a child by his stepmother, estranged from his father and still...

2/11/2014

article Tulalip Tribes given jurisdiction over domestic violence
(Washington) -- For the first time since 1978, select Indian tribes, including the Tulalip Tribes, will have the right to prosecute non-Indians who are charged with...

2/10/2014

article Native American Women Finally Gain More Protection From Rape and Abuse Thanks to VAWA
(USA) -- Thanks to the latest reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the U.S. government is beginning to take steps to strengthen protections for...

2/7/2014

article Native Indian women get U.S. Federal legal power to report violence
(Washington D.C.) -- In a triumph for the movement to protect women, three Native American Indian tribes have been chosen to be the first in the U.S. to be given legal...
article Tribes get more power to handle domestic violence cases
(Arizona) -- During his 18 years with the Pascua Yaqui Police Department, Michael Valenzuela repeatedly grew frustrated when responding to reports of domestic violence.
article ‘A Historic Turning Point’: Native American Women Finally Gain More Protection From Rape And Abuse
(Washington D.C.) -- Thanks to the latest reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the U.S. government is beginning to take steps to strengthen...

2/6/2014

article Moving Forward to Protect Native American Women: Justice Department Announces VAWA 2013 Pilot Project for Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, we are excited to announce a key step that will help protect Native American women from domestic violence. Last year, President Obama signed...
article 3 Tribes to Chosen to Implement VAWA 2013’s Special Domestic Violence Jurisdiction
(Washington D.C.) -- Three American Indian tribes – the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, and the Umatilla Tribes of Oregon –...
article Three Tribes to Begin Prosecuting Non-Indian Domestic Violence Offenders
(Washington D.C.) -- Three pilot tribes have been chosen by the Obama Administration to take early advantage of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provisions passed by...
article Tribal Justice Targets Outsiders After 35-Year Ban
(USA) -- Three American Indian tribes are getting the authority to prosecute non-members in domestic violence cases on reservations under a pilot program announced...
article Violence Against Women Act: Tribes have new authority over non-natives
(Arizona) -- Three Native American tribes in the West soon will have the power to prosecute non-natives for a limited set of crimes, becoming the first group of native...

9/8/2013

article JARRETT: Health, Innovation and the Promise of VAWA 2013 in Indian Country
(Washington) -- [The morning of September 5], we made our way north from Seattle, past gorgeous waterways, and lush greenery to visit with the Tulalip tribes of western...

9/7/2013

article BLOG: Health, Innovation and the Promise of VAWA 2013 in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Yesterday morning, we made our way north from Seattle, past gorgeous waterways, and lush greenery to visit with the Tulalip tribes of western...

8/30/2013

article Violence Against Women Act could help tribes stem violence against Native American women
(Wisconsin) -- His first wife flung a chair at him, breaking a window. In return, CJ Doxtater straddled and punched her. It was only when his second wife left him that...

7/16/2013

article Tribes must implement changes to take advantage of the Violence Against Women Act's tribal provisions
(Washington D.C.) -- In Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, 435 U.S. 191 (1978), the Supreme Court held that tribes do not have inherent authority to prosecute crimes...

6/23/2013

article USET Develops Work Group to Address Violence Against Native Women
(USA) -- President Barack Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on March 7 surrounded by American Indian women who fought...

6/13/2013

article DOJ publishes notice of VAWA tribal jurisdiction program
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice is moving forward with tribal jurisdiction provisions of S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

6/10/2013

article Is the Violence Against Women Act a chance for tribes to reinforce their sovereignty?
(North Dakota) -- Victims' advocates joined legislators at the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck on March 26, to discuss the recently reauthorized Violence Against...

5/15/2013

press release Implemention of VAWA, Stafford Act in Indian Country: The real work begins
(New York) -- Earlier this year the United States Congress amended two laws to help assist some unmet needs for Indian Country. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and...

5/4/2013

article Opinion: Violence Against Women Act works
(Montana) -- In Montana alone in 2003, 11,562 people were victims of domestic violence, 1,715 people were victims of stalking, and eight adults, two children and one...

5/3/2013

article Tribal courts aim to heal
(Washington) -- Advocates for Native American survivors of intimate violence cheered when they won the right to prosecute non-Indian assailants in tribal court. That...

5/1/2013

article New VAWA provides unprecedented protection for Native American women
(California) -- Native American women are physically abused, raped and stalked more than women of any other racial group in the nation. A new provision in the Violence...

4/25/2013

article Opinion: Feds must provide bite to tribal bark
(Oklahoma) -- For non-Native Americans to receive a fair trial in tribal courts, defendants must face a jury of their peers. For that to happen, the United States...
article Violence Against Women Act Renewed
(Arizona) -- Early last month, Congress renewed and extended federal legislation known as the “Violence Against Women Act” or “VAWA.” The VAWA...

4/24/2013

article Expanded Violence Against Women Act to cover some Indian women
(Minnesota) -- Advocates for Indian women in Minnesota are hailing a decision by Congress to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

4/19/2013

article DOJ seeks input from tribes about Violence Against Women Act
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice will hold two consultation sessions next month to discuss the tribal jurisdiction provisions of S.47, the Violence Against...

4/18/2013

article Tribal Court issues four year sentence on heels of Tribal Law and Order Act
(North Carolina) -- Russell McKinley Wolfe, 35, was convicted on Nov. 16, 2012, in the Cherokee Court for Domestic Violence Assault on a Female, Violation of a Domestic...

4/15/2013

article An Epidemic Of Violence: Nebraska's Tribes Lack Legal Power To Protect Their People
(Nebraska) -- “Indian Country has some of the highest rates of domestic abuse in America,” Obama said at the VAWA signing; national tribal and federal...

4/14/2013

article ERICH LONGIE: Cramer owes Merrick a more sincere apology
(North Dakota) -- We Dakotas are easy to get along with. After all, our very name signifies friends and/or allies. And, we are pretty much assimilated into the...
article Letter: New tools to reduce violence
(North Dakota) -- The alarming rate of domestic violence offenses against American Indian women should trouble all North Dakotans. According to a 2011 study from the...

4/11/2013

article On reservations, VAWA protects rights of the accused
(North Dakota) -- The alarming rate of domestic violence offenses against American Indian women is an issue that should trouble all North Dakotans.

4/10/2013

article Three Affiliated Tribes plans prosecutions under VAWA
(North Dakota) -- Since January, the Fort Berthold Coalition Against Violence has helped 47 new victims of abuse and violence and has dealt with 12 sexual assaults.
article U.S. Attorney, victims advocate defend VAWA
(North Dakota) -- A new federal law giving tribal courts limited jurisdiction in domestic violence cases involving non-Indians gives new hope to Indian women while...

4/9/2013

article How Violence Again Women Act impacts tribal nations in Michigan
(Michigan) -- Congress has recently taken measures to protect women in the United States, including those within tribal nations.
article ROSS: VAWA, a Historic Native Victory
(Washington) -- Hey Native people…just in case you didn’t realize it, we made history very recently! HUGE history—like, history that students will be...

4/8/2013

article ROSS: Exclusive Video of Historic Native Victory: Violence Against Women Act
(Washington) -- Hey Native people…just in case you didn’t realize it, we made history very recently! HUGE history—like, history that students will be...

4/5/2013

article Three Affiliated Tribes chastise Cramer comments
(North Dakota) -- The business council of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation says it cannot condone or tolerate recent comments from Rep. Kevin Cramer and requests...

4/4/2013

article An Epidemic Of Violence: Nebraska Native Women Struggle To Break The Cycle
(Nebraska) -- One in three Native American women will face domestic or sexual violence in their lifetimes; many will suffer both. The recent expansion of the federal...

3/31/2013

article Can state, tribes protect Native women?
(Alaska) -- When the U.S. Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act recently, women’s rights advocates of all makes celebrated across the nation. The...
article US Dept. of Justice Fact Sheet Re: VAWA’s Tribal Jurisdiction over Non-Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress recently passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, or “VAWA 2013.” This new law includes significant...
press release North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services Statement on Kevin Cramer Recent Remarks
(North Dakota) -- The reality of sexual assault and domestic violence can be overwhelming, but talking about the devastating effects on victims and their families is the...

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