Tribe now can prosecute non-Natives for domestic violence
ATHENS TOWNSHIP — When Christine Lanning walks through SAFE Place's foyer, she braces for heartbreak. She hopes during her visits for board meetings that she won't catch sight of any privacy screens, because that means a woman has come to the shelter to flee an abusive relationship — and her children have, too.
"I'm really sad to say we've had to use the SAFE Place shelter numerous times," said Lanning, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Council treasurer and a SAFE Place board member. "Whether the perpetrator was Native American or not, we've actually gone and picked up some of our women and brought them to the shelter."