VAWA 2005 requires DOJ, HHS, and DOI to consult with Indian tribes on an annual basis. This interaction on a nation-to-nation basis has allowed tribal governments and the United States to discuss matters that at the broadest level impact the safety of Indian women, and to propose strategies to address these issues. The report from the 2016 consultation is available here. We hope that you will join our webinar to review outstanding or emerging issues to address the most serious roadblocks to the safety of Native women and how you can voice your concerns and provide recommendations to increase accountability and enhance the safety for Native women. Tribal Title, Section 903 Tribal Consultation Mandate The Tribal Consultation Mandate is found in Title IX. Safety for Indian Women §903. It specifically directs the Attorney General, Secretary of HHA and Secretary of Interior to conduct an annual consultation with Indian tribal governments concerning the federal administration of tribal funds and programs established under the Violence Against Women Act. During such consultations, DOJ, HHS, and DOI are required to solicit recommendations from Indian tribes concerning three specific areas: (1) Administering tribal funds and programs (2) Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (3) Strengthening the federal response to such violent crimes In addition to these three general topics, the agencies also often release “framing papers” or consultation questions in advance of the consultation. Those have not yet been distributed, but we will circulate them as soon as they become available. 12th Annual Government to Government On Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation: When: October 3-4, 2017 Where: We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fountain Hills, AZ For more information go to: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/tribal-consultation and logistical information will be available soon at: http://ovwconsultation.org
Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Women 2017: Why Attendance of Indian Tribes Is Urgent
September 25, 2017 • Virginia Davis, Juana Majel, Jacqueline Agtuca, Dorma Sahneyah
Domestic Violence and Housing Across Tribal Nations, Alaska Native Villages and Indian Communities
December 14, 2017 • Debbie Fox, Caroline LaPorte, Monica McLaughlin, Rose Quilt
This webinar will provide an overview of the current federal laws in place regarding shelter and housing in Indian Country and the responsibilities expressly outlined in the Violence Against Women Act. The webinar will also focus on the disparity in tribal housing and shelter in Native communities; will review ONAP’s recent report; and will give an overview of why victims of abuse need access to housing as a matter of survival. Participants will learn about HUD’s final rule and its application to Indian Country housing and shelter options. This webinar will also explore culturally responsive best promising practices to promote safe housing options for American Indian and Alaska Natives.
Effective Use of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) for Case Resolution
December 13, 2017 • BJ Spamer
The number of missing and unidentified persons in the United States poses one of the biggest challenges to law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners tasked with resolving these important cases. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national information clearinghouse and resource center which offers technology, forensic services, and investigative support to help resolve cases. Funded by the National Institute of Justice and managed through a cooperative agreement with the UNT Health Science Center, NamUs offers all services at no cost to agencies or families of the missing. The online NamUs databases are accessible to all, with secure case information accessible only to registered and vetted criminal justice users. Forensic odontology and fingerprint examination are offered through NamUs to support case comparisons, and DNA analyses and forensic anthropology services are offered through affiliated UNT Center for Human Identification laboratories. This webinar will focus on how technology can be a valuable resource to tribal nations working to build their capacity to respond to missing and murdered Indigenous peoples, and case studies will be provided to illustrate the effectiveness of the NamUs databases and forensic services.
Tribal Resource Tool: Resources for Survivors of Crime and Abuse
December 12, 2017 • Bonnie Clairmont, Concetta Tsosie de Haro, and Samantha Wauls
American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest crime victimization rates in the nation and often have difficulty connecting with victim services. AI/AN victims of crime face additional challenges such as navigating complex jurisdiction barriers and a dearth of culturally appropriate services, both on and off tribal lands. On January 1, 2016, the Office for Victims of Crime of the U.S. Department of Justice funded the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) to work together and create a web-based tribal resource mapping tool that would link AI/AN victim/survivors of crime to tribal victim services anywhere in the country. The project was designed to also help identify gaps in the network of existing services. To achieve these goals, the project partners have convened several events in order to seek input from primary stakeholders from tribal communities about the design and content of the tool. Recently, the official project name was changed to the Tribal Resource Tool: Resources for Survivors of Crime and Abuse. This webinar will focus on the project team’s journey to develop the tool, and be an opportunity for participants to have a first-look at the tool before it launches nationally in 2018.