House Passes S. 47 with Tribal Provisions and Sends VAWA to the President >>

March 3rd, 2013

In a historic vote the House of Representatives passed S.47, the Senate reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The vote on February 28th sends the legislation, which includes the tribal provisions supported by Indian country, to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The House passed the bill 286-138.

The bill passed the Senate earlier in February.

S. 47 is strong, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Michael Crapo (R-ID). It improves VAWA programs and strengthen protections for all victims of violence. The bill includes historically important tribal provisions that will enable tribes to address domestic violence in Indian country by authorizing tribal governments to prosecute non-Indian defendants involved in intimate relationships with Native women and who assault these victims on tribal land. Current federal laws do not authorize tribal law enforcement or tribal courts to pursue any form of prosecution or justice against these perpetrators.