Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Senate VAWA bill 'undercuts tribal sovereignty'


November 26, 2019

The Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization bill threatens the protection of Native people, undermines tribal courts, tribal jurisdiction, and tribal sovereignty all at once. Add for good measure the bill ignores the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, drafted the legislation and introduced it on the Senate floor on Wednesday. The senator said she “wanted to be part of the process of getting the bill done this time around” since she wasn’t in the Senate in 2013 when the legislation was reauthorized.


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