recognize tribal concurrent criminal jurisdiction over Indians and non-Indians to "investigate, prosecute, convict, and sentence" them for violence against Indian women. Only tribes whose court systems provide certain constitutional guarantees can exercise such jurisdiction over non-Indians.The Obama administration will seek to include the proposal in legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act this year. Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli of DOJ; Kimberly Teehee, the White House Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs; and Lynn Rosenthal, the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, spoke on the call. You can download the audio below. Conference Call:
clarify that tribes can exercise civil jurisdiction to issue and enforce protection orders against Indian and non-Indians. This provision addresses a federal court case that said a tribe lacked such authority.
amend the Federal Criminal Code to provide ten-year, five-year and one-year sentences for violence against Indian women.
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