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Sen. Hatch opposes bill provisions to protect Native women

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) continues to oppose the Violence Against Women Act over provisions aimed at protecting American Indian and Alaska Native women.

The bill authorizes tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders. Tribal authority is limited to domestic violence cases but Hatch said he won't support the provisions.

“They ruined that bill as far as I’m concerned,” Hatch, whose state is home to the Navajo Nation, Goshute, Paiute and Ute tribes, told the Associated Press “They added things I can’t support.”

S.1925 has 58 sponsors, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Tribes are looking to add Republican support in order to prevent a hold or a filibuster.

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