Reauthorize VAWA 2019!

The House of Representatives recently passed a Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization bill—HR 1585. The NCAI Task Force strongly supported HR 1585 because it contains amendments raised by Indian tribes for more than a decade at consultations, national conferences, and meetings. HR 1585 includes lifesaving amendments outlined below and the resources for tribal leaders and…

American Indian Tribes and the Violence Against Women Act, 1995—2019

The Continuing Maturation of VAWA  The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted in 1995 as a result of national grassroots organizing by battered women and advocates. These efforts included Indian women who organized to engage state and federal systems to hold governments accountable to address the national statistics, crisis, and seriousness of violence—domestic violence,…