Obama Against Alaska Native VAWA Exclusion; Murkowski?s Role Examined
WASHINGTON ? The Obama administration is concerned about efforts in the U.S. Senate to exclude Alaska tribes from tribal jurisdiction and protection provisions of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
?The Department of Justice sent its proposal for VAWA tribal provisions to Congress last July,? Allison Price, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice, told Indian Country Today Media Network. ?Those provisions were of nationwide scope and did not exclude any state or any set of tribes.
?To ensure the safety of Native women, it is critically important that tribal courts in Alaska and throughout the United States retain full civil jurisdiction to issue and enforce protection orders,? Price added.