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Implementing VAWA's Expanded Jurisdiction in Our Tribal Courts

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NCAI & the Tribal Law and Policy Institute Webinar: Implementing VAWA's Expanded Jurisdiction in Our Tribal Courts

On March 7th the President signed the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization into law, including provisions that expand tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders who commit acts of domestic violence, dating violence and violations of protective orders.  Now the real work begins - implementing the new law.  For the first two years it is a pilot project requiring approval by the Department of Justice.

On Friday, April 5th, from 1:30-3:30 pm (Eastern), the National Congress of American Indians and the Tribal Law & Policy Institute hosted a webinar about VAWA implementation, including DOJ's Deputy Associate Attorney Sam Hirsch, who led the DOJ efforts in support of the tribal jurisdiction provisions in VAWA and will be leading the DOJ's pilot project.  The webinar also included the Co-Chairs of NCAI VAWA Task Force.

Perhaps most interestingly, the webinar included three tribal prosecutors who have implemented Extended Sentencing authority under the Tribal Law and Order Act.  The due process protections and court procedures required for extended sentencing are very similar to those required for the exercise of Tribal Special Domestic Violence Jurisdiction.

The webinar will also included an overview of all of the important programs and provisions in the Violence Against Women Act, all of which are important as providing assistance to victims is necessary long before a case can be prosecuted.  

Presenters:

Juana Majel Dixon, Co-Chair, NCAI's VAWA Task Force

Terri Henry, Co-Chair, NCAI's VAWA Task Force

Jacqueline Agtuca, Clan Star, Inc.

John Dossett, General Counsel, NCAI

Brent Leonhard, Attorney, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Jill Engel, Chief Prosecutor, Hopi Tribe

Michael Carter, Assistant General Counsel, Gila River Indian Community

Sam Hirsch, Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

Chia, Halpen Beetso, TLPI, Tribal Court Specialist (Moderator)

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