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Tulalip Tribes vice chair pushes for reauthorization of VAWA

Deborah Parker, the vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, discussed her experience with domestic violence in Indian Country on Wednesday.

Parker spoke at a press conference in Washington, D.C., with some of the co-sponsors of S.1925, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. She said she was sexually abused as a child and was present when her aunt was sexually assaulted on the reservation.

"My question for Congress was and has always been, why did you not protect me or my family?" Parker said. "Why is my life and the life of so many other Native American women less important?”

S.1925 includes a controversial provision to recognize tribal authority over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses on reservations "Our tribal courts will work with you to ensure that violators are accountable and victims are made whole and well," Parker said.

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