Michelle Jaagal Aat Demmert has been appointed to the Not Invisible Act Commission.
Tribes in the pilot program would be able to try and sentence anyone who commits domestic violence, rape or related crimes in their villages, even if the offender is non-Native.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski authored the pilot program, which would give 30 Alaska tribes the kind of jurisdiction Lower 48 tribes have over domestic violence and related crimes.
Alaska Native leaders and justice advocates packed a Senate hearing room for an update on what Congress and the Trump administration are doing to address the MMIW issue.
A Senate-approved spending bill would direct the Bureau of Indian Affairs to coordinate with law enforcement agencies and develop guidelines for data collection.