The Eastern Shoshone tribe is moving to adopt the Violence Against Women Act in an effort to better prosecute sexual assaults of Native women from the Wind River Reservation. The hope is that the law will help overcome a jurisdiction gap between tribal and federal justice systems.
Sydney Moller is the director of the Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, an organization that serves a high percentage of Native American victims. She said adopting the act will allow the tribe to provide a specially trained nurse to handle rape exams on the reservation. Right now, they don’t have one.