Friday, March 1, 2013

Congress Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act Extending New Tribal Provisions to Only Some of the Nation’s Tribes

United States Congress
Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the U.S. Senate’s reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which includes new jurisdictional provisions that authorize tribal governments to prosecute non-Indian defendants involved in relationships with Native women and who assault their victims on tribal lands.  However, these new provisions unfortunately do not extend to 228 tribes in Alaska, roughly 40% of all the tribes in the United States.  To read more about the new provisions, click here for a press release from the National Congress of American Indians.  To read more about the exclusion of nearly all of Alaska’s tribes from VAWA’s new provisions, click here for a press release from NARF’s Alaska office.