Provided by the Siletz Tribe
We praise the efforts of both the House and the Senate to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), including the Tribal provisions broadly supported by Indian Tribes across the country. The bipartisan support of S.47 has restored local Tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians for certain crimes of domestic violence and dating violence committed in Indian Country that will promote the reporting and overall prosecution of these violent personal crimes.
President Obama is set to sign the act into law at a signing ceremony on March 7 at 1:30 p.m. (EST) at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.
The Siletz Tribe supports VAWA even though through Public Law 280, the state of Oregon has the authority to prosecute non-Native individuals who commit crimes on Siletz Tribal land and the state recognizes protective orders issued by Oregon Tribes. Congress passed PL 280, which transferred law enforcement authority over certain Tribal nations from the federal government to the states, in 1953.
The passage of VAWA does not end our efforts to combat domestic violence issues in Indian Country. We remain dedicated as always to addressing this issue locally and nationally to help all Indian women to be safe from intimate violence. Our Tribal CARE Program provides services to American Indian victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking throughout Lincoln County. This program provides advocacy for victims of violence and continually provides education and training for both our Tribal and non-Tribal communities as well as local agencies that provide services to victims.
Findings show that 34 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women will be raped in their lifetimes and 39 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women will be subjected to violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 46 percent of people living on reservations in 2010 were non-Natives (single race) and 59 percent of American Indian women in 2010 were married to non-Native men (Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. (2000). Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey).