Tribal Consultation, August 21-22, 2019: Priority Issues to Address Violence Against Indian Women

The following concerns and recommendations are on-going national priority issues raised during past annual consultations from 2006–2018. These issues have been voted upon by Indian tribes through tribal resolutions unanimously passed during NCAI conferences by member Indian tribes (2000–2018). Regional organizations of Indian tribes have also discussed and passed resolutions in support of these recommendations….

A Tribal Perspective on Consultation to Increase Safety for Native Women

Elizabeth Carr, Senior Native Affairs Advisor, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center   Effective consultation between tribes and federal agencies requires trust between all parties, it is an indispensable element in establishing a solid consultative relationship. Improving relationships, trust between entities, and the consultation process is a goal of mine in my role as the Senior…

2019 Annual Consultation on Violence Against Native Women – August 21-22, 2019, New Buffalo, Michigan

This August 2019 consultation marks 14 years of government-to-government consultations between Indian tribes and federal departments on violence against Native women. Clearly, these annual consultations drive the federal legislative and policy reform efforts to increase safety for Native women forward. For more than a decade this nation-to-nation engagement as governments has provided an avenue for…

Priority Issues: VAWA-Mandated Annual Consultation on Violence Against Indian Women

The following issues, concerns, and recommendations have been identified by Indian tribes and advocates for the safety of Native women during past annual consultations (2006–2017), through NCAI resolutions (2000–2018), and at numerous national meetings. A review of oral and written statements made by tribal leaders during consultations over the years clearly documents these are not…

VAWA 2005 904(a) Analysis and Research on Violence Against Indian Women

(a) National Baseline Study— (1) In General—The National Institute of Justice, in consultation with the Office on Violence Against Women, shall conduct a national baseline study to examine violence against Indian women in Indian country. (2) Scope— (A) In General—The study shall examine violence committed against Indian women, including— (i) domestic violence; (ii) dating violence;…

Tribal Preparation the Essential Link for Consultation

In preparation for each of the annual consultations, the NCAI Task Force has assisted Indian tribes in preparing for the annual consultation. The Task Force organizes a national webinar to summarize key national concerns and emerging issues for tribal leaders to consider in their preparation. It also coordinates a preparatory caucus for tribal leaders and…

Progress Made Based on the VAWA Annual Consultation Process

The 2018 VAWA consultation marks 13 years of annual consultations between Indian tribes and federal departments on issues concerning violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. These annual consultations have driven federal legislative and policy reform for more than a decade, providing a consistent dialogue between tribal governments and the federal departments on the…

Annual Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Native Women Mandated Under the VAWA 2005 Safety for Indian Women Title

Congress amended VAWA in 2005 to include a tribal title by which it requires an annual tribal consultation to be organized by the USDOJ and Indian tribes dedicated to addressing violence against Indian women. “Under the consultation mandate, the federal departments—Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Interior—must each consult annually with Indian nations…

Annual Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Native Women As Mandated Under the VAWA 2005, Safety for Indian Women Title August 21-22, 2018, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The 2018 annual consultation held in Sioux Falls marked 12 years of annual consultations between Indian tribes and federal departments on violence against Native women. These consultations have driven federal legislative and policy reform for more than a decade and resulted in major changes to increase the safety of Indian women. This nation-to-nation engagement provides…

Annual Consultation Tribal Priority Issues and Pending Legislation

The following three concerns and recommendations are only highlights of those identified by Indian tribes during the 2018 consultation. These issues are not new and reflect the complicated legal and policy barriers embedded in the layers of federal Indian law that impact the safety of Native women. Fortunately, resolution of some of these priority issues…

Consultation Tribal Statement by Catherine Edwards

By Catherine Edwards, 6th Vice President of Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, located in Southeast Alaska and comprised of 32,000 tribal citizens. This morning, as we witnessed the posting of the colors, I saw that POW-MIA flag, and a thought occurred to me that it’s about time we start posting that…