OVW extended the deadline to submit written testimony and recommendations regarding the Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation

The adjusted deadline is now Monday, November 5, 2018.

The 2018 Office on Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation in Sioux Falls, SD marked 13 years of annual consultations between Indian tribes and federal departments to address violence against Native women. This nation-to-nation Consultation is critical for Indian tribes to address outstanding concerns with the United States regarding safety for Native women, including legal and policy barriers impacting the ability of Indian tribes to protect Native women, especially given that Native women experience some of the highest rates of violent victimization in the United States. To continue to advance systemic and policy reform, it is imperative that tribal leaders provide written comments to inform the federal departments about any outstanding needs and provide recommendations for action.  To supplement written testimony or in lieu of submitting separate written testimony, Indian tribes can opt to submit a statement indicating their support for the NCAI Task Force on Violence Against Women’s Priorities Document (see attached), which have been vetted with the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, tribal advocates, and tribal leadership through participation in the Task Force.

For more information about the Annual Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Native Women mandated under the VAWA 2005 Safety for Indian Women Title, please see the following articles, which can be located in NIWRC’s Restoration Magazine: 

For written testimony, per OVW:

Testimony will only be accepted from elected/appointed tribal leaders or those authorized to submit on behalf of the tribe. If you are a non-elected/non-appointed tribal member or represent a tribal program wanting to submit written testimony, you must submit either an authorizing resolution from your Tribal Council or a letter from the Tribal Chairman/Chairwoman authorizing you to offer testimony on behalf of your tribe. Please scan and send all documents including the authorizing document (if any) and written testimony to info@ovwconsultation.org or to alparker@chenega.com.

If you are unable to scan these documents and send by email, you can fax to (202) 514-5818, or mail to: 

Sherriann C. Moore, Deputy Director of Tribal Affairs
U.S. Department of Justice
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
145 N. St., NE, Suite 10W.121
Washington, DC 20530 

For questions about the OVW Consultation process or about submission requirements for testimony, please send your inquiries directly to the OVW appointed coordinator: alparker@chenega.com.