NCAI Action Alert: Violence Against Women Act – Tell Representatives to Oppose H.R. 4970 Unless Key Tribal Provisions are Included!

May 7, 2012

Violence Against Women Act- Tell Representatives to Oppose H.R. 4970 Unless Key Tribal Provisions are Included! 

The House Judiciary Committee will be marking up H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) on Tuesday, May 8th.  This bill does not contain any of the key tribal jurisdictional provisions for which we fought so hard in the Senate version.  Now is the time for tribes to contact their Representatives in Congress and let them know that you strongly oppose H.R. 4970 unless the tribal provisions are included! 


We oppose H.R. 4970 because it doesn’t include protections for all victims-specifically, Native victims. We support a bill that protects Native victims by giving tribes more local control to deal with misdemeanor domestic and dating violence in Indian country. We urge you to oppose H.R. 4970 UNLESS the critical tribal provisions are added.

WE NEED TO FLOOD THE REPRESENTATIVES OFFICES WITH CALLS, EMAILS, AND LETTERS.  In addition, we especially need letters to the members of  the House Judiciary Committee (see list below).  Here is a sample letter for your reference.



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