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Sho-Ban leader joins Vice President Biden at VAWA event

Devon Boyer, a council member for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho, will join Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday to push for passage of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Senate is considering S.1925, a bill to reauthorize VAWA. A key provision restores tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians in domestic violence cases.

The bill, however, has been controversial among Republicans who are concerned about tribal jurisdiction and other provisions. Democrats are pushing to bring it to a vote, possibly this month.

Boyer will participate in a panel discussion moderated by journalist Paula Zahn at 11:00am. Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks at 11:30am. Both events will be broadcast on

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