Urgent Action Needed on VAWA Tribal Provisions

American Indian and Alaska Native women are abused, raped and stalked at far greater rates that any other population of women in United States – 6 out of 10 will be physically assaulted in their lifetime, and 1 in 3 Native women will be raped. Eighty-eight percent of the abuse against Native women is committed by non-Native men—but we, as citizens of the United States, permit this abuse to go unchecked because we do not allow police officers, prosecutors and judges on tribal lands to perform their legal obligations regarding these non-Native men. In other words we, citizens of the United States, have sanctioned “open season against Native American women by non-Native men”. This is simply unconscionable. Each of us has an opportunity, now, to right this wrong. 

We urgently ask you to PLEASE:
Stop whatever important thing you are doing right now
Use this number 888.269.5702 to connect to the Capitol switchboard (using this number allows NNEDV to track the number of calls being made). Then ask to be connected to your U.S. Representative or Senator.

Ask your Members of Congress to tell you that they will do one of the following acceptable things:

Forward this message to all of your programs and distribution lists and ask everyone you know to do the same

This is your opportunity to make a life-saving difference in the lives of vulnerable women and girls. PLEASE ACT NOW!


The Background

As we work to ensure that a VAWA that safely and effectively protects all victims is swiftly passed, advocates at the national level have learned that some Members of Congress continue to struggle with the constitutionality of expanding tribal courts’ criminal jurisdiction, as proposed in Section 904. Representatives Issa and Cole have introduced substitute language that would remedy these constitutional concerns while still giving tribal courts meaningful jurisdiction and opportunity to redress crimes committed on tribal land against Native American women. We, and our tribal colleagues, support Issa-Cole as a reasonable alternative, but we need your action to ensure that Members of Congress also stand behind this proposal.

Thank you for all of your hard work and advocacy to end domestic violence!

The Policy Team

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