DOJ to Consult on Legislative Proposals to Address Violence Against Native Women
On May 20, 2011, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter to tribal leaders announcing three separate consultations in mid-June on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. A copy of that letter can be found here. The in-person session will be held on Tuesday afternoon, June 14, 2011, at the Frontier Airlines Convention Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during NCAI's Mid-Year Conference. The conference-call consultations will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17, both at 3 :00 p.m. Eastern Time, to accommodate those who are unable to attend the consultation in Milwaukee or wish to continue the discussion. On June 16, please dial 888-7903590 and enter the pass code 7643438; on June 17, please dial 888-790-3590 and enter the passcode 7643466.
This recent announcement demonstrates the DOJ's strong commitment to combating violence against women in tribal communities. The upcoming consultations will be focused on whether this effort might be significantly advanced by new federal legislation, particularly amendments or additions to the Violence Against Women Act.
To facilitate the upcoming consultations and frame the discussion with the tribes, the Department is circulating a framing paper, a copy of which can be viewed here. This paper provides a brief background of the problem and then hones in on three areas that may contain potential solutions: tribal criminal jurisdiction, tribal civil jurisdiction, and
Federal criminal laws.