Clara Pratte/Navajo Nation Washington Office
President Barack Obama this morning signed into law the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act that includes tribal provisions.

President Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act Into Law

ICTMN Staff
3/7/13

 

President Barack Obama this morning signed into law the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act that includes tribal provisions.

“Previously, tribes had no jurisdiction over non-tribal members, even if they are married to Native women or reside on native lands. But as soon as I sign this bill, that ends,” Obama said before the signing.

“This is a landmark bill not only for all women and our future generations but also for Indian tribes. This law, for the first time since 1978, restores the sovereign power of Indian tribes to criminally prosecute non-Indians for sexual assault and domestic violence crimes on Indian reservations,” a statement released by The Seattle Human Rights Commission said.

The signing took place at a ceremony at the Interior Department and included longtime VAWA advocate and vice-chair of the Tulalip Tribes Deborah Parker along with Senators and House members.

Diane Millich, an American Indian domestic abuse survivor introduced Vice President Joe Biden following her personal story about abuse and what the passing of VAWA means to her.

The signing can be seen on C-Span here.

More to come.

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Submitted by indianmedicine on
It is Good that a Nation recognizes the Acts against others that have a long lasting impact; and often is passed onto following Generations because the Children of the Abused believe that is a way of life........................................... ................................................................................................................................. It is a Good Thing that the meek have a way to side step the physical violence directed at them from Society and Family "Bullies" that respect no one........ ................................................................................................................................. It is a Good Thing that the Model Legislation can go back many generations; when Women were equal in matters and say of The Tribe & People............. .................................................................................................................................. It is interesting how Society is making Full Circle and is guided by the way NAI guided and governed themselves with A Way of Life that is the foundation of this Nations Constitution and Bill Of Rights.......................................................... ................................................................................................................................... So much so, that Benjamin Franklin used the NAI Confederation's Models as Foundation for The Principals & Issues reduced to Writing in both those Documents and National Charter to exist as a Sovereign Nation....................... .................................................................................................................................... So let it be Written, So let it be Done .................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................

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Submitted by Bill W on
This is a milestone that should have been initiated long long ago. The right of any nation to protect it's citizens is critical to it's survival. All of those from the outside who prey on tribal citizens will now have to face true justice instead of thier own watered down slanted court systems.

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Frank W. Torres
Submitted by Frank W. Torres on
Wa hey!

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Michelle L. George
Submitted by Michelle L. George on
Nyawhen!! Thank you, this is a great "Blessing to all". It is great to be able to breath again and work to protect our women children from any kind of violence. This will also insure us a better community for our "Future Generations". A bis sigh of relief and chills have come over me and tears of joy for our people.. Thank you again, President Obama.

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Submitted by SueAnn N. on
This is good news taking action in a direction that was too long to come for women. Stop Violence Againt Women!
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