Levi Rickert: Victory for Native women in VAWA Senate vote

"After a long struggle to include a provision into legislation that will serve to better protect Native women against violence, the United States Senate late Thursday afternoon passed the Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act of 2011, commonly known as S.1925.

Sadly, one in three American Indian and Alaska Native women will be raped during her lifetime. Roughly nine in ten of the perpetrators of violence against Native women are non-Indian men.

Among many positive provisions for tribal governments, S. 1925 includes a provision to restore tribal court criminal authority over reservation-based acts of domestic violence committed by non-Indians."

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Levi Rickert: Violence Against Women Act Passage a Victory for Native Women (Native News Network 4/27)

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