Restoring Justice: Addressing Violence in Native Communities Through VAWA Title IX Special Jurisdiction, Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, December 8, 2021   [open pdf - 562KB]

This is the December 8, 2021 hearing on "Restoring Justice: Addressing Violence in Native Communities Through VAWA [Violence Against Women Act] Title IX Special Jurisdiction," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. From the opening statement of Brian Schatz: "When it comes to the Violence Against Women Act, Congress does not have the luxury of forgetting this mandate. That is because every member of this Committee knows that public safety in Native communities is a problem. We have heard from tribal leaders, we have heard from law enforcement, and we have heard from the families of Native victims. Their message is consistent: doing nothing is not an option. We have heard that message loud and clear in 2013, with the last VAWA reauthorization. Almost a decade ago, this Committee came together on a bipartisan basis and voted to restore tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence in Indian Country. [...] For nearly a decade, tribes have made at least 396 arrests for VAWA-related crimes, and at least 133 subsequent convictions using special tribal jurisdiction. Despite the concerns of some, prior to the law passing, there had been zero valid habeas corpus petitions filed and zero, zero claims of due process violation. So what we will hear today is a story of success. Each of our witnesses will underscore the importance of special jurisdiction for Indian Country." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: J. Michael Chavarria, Michelle Demmert, Stacie Fourstar, Wizipan Little Elk Garriott, Allison L. Randall, Elizabeth A. Reese, and Fawn Sharp.

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S. Hrg. 117-158; Senate Hearing 117-158
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