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…

Essential Discussion of Violence Against Native Women as Gender-Based Violence

The demands created by the devastating impact on human life due to extreme violence against Native women leaves little time to participate in discussions about whether the violence is “gender-based.” Tribal leaders, grassroots tribal coalitions, advocates for safety, and generally tribal staff are so busy with urgent issues, many life-threatening, they also tend to focus…