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Bill recognizes tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders


March 10, 2021

Friends and family of slain Ho-Chunk Nation citizen Kozee Decorah stand with MMIW activists outside the federal courthouse in Omaha, Nebraska, during a rally held on June 15, 2020. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's a new era for the recognition of tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians, with Democrats once again pushing for passage of the Violence Against Women Act after years of opposition from Republicans.

Nearly every Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives is backing H.R.1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021, which was introduced on Monday. Key provisions of the bill ensure that tribes can arrest, prosecute and sentence non-Indians who commit trafficking, stalking and sexual assault offenses in Indian Country.

"This bill is transformational in the ways of dealing with those who have suffered domestic and sexual violence," said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), the sponsor of H.R.1620, on International Women's Day.


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