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
Framing the Issues: Looking at the Opioid Epidemic in the Context of Trauma and Domestic Violence
June 13, 2018 • Dr. Carole Warshaw and Gwendolyn Packard
This timely and important webinar will provide an overview of what is known about the opioid epidemic and will focus on the specific concerns of Indian communities and tribal domestic violence programs and shelters. It will lay the foundation for the exploding opioid epidemic and will examine the intersections between trauma, domestic violence and the opioid epidemic and explore innovative approaches to addressing these complex issues.
Indigenizing VAWA and VOCA Through Tribal Grassroots Organizing and Movement Building
May 18, 2018 • Virginia Davis, Juana Majel-Dixon, Caroline LaPorte, and Jacqueline Agtuca
This webinar will provide updates on recent VAWA reauthorization efforts and the importance of continued advocacy for a permanent VOCA fix for a dedicated tribal funding stream under the Crime Victims Fund (CVF). While a historic victory was achieved by the provision of tribal funding under the CVF in the FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill, the Department of Justice is pressed to award $133 million to Indian tribes before September 30, 2018. Discussion will also focus on concerns and challenges the timing of this award presents for tribes. Tribal grassroots organizing efforts have been and will continue to play a pivotal role in ensuring changes made in federal laws and policies are rooted in the needs and experiences of tribal victims/survivors and tribal governments. Please join NCAI VAW Task Force Co-Chairs and facilitators from NCAI and NIWRC for a discussion of these critically important matters, which will continue through the NCAI Violence Against Women Task Force Meeting at Midyear in Kansas City, Missouri.