The bill establishes a pilot program for tribes to exercise what’s called special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction.
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.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr says he plans to see for himself the hardship crime imposes in rural Alaska.
Congressman Don Young has apologized for shoving a female reporter at the U.S. Capitol Thursday. He was on his way to vote for the Violence Against Women Act.
The Violence Against Women Act renewal bill would allow up to five Alaska tribes territorial jurisdiction in their villages to prosecute domestic abuse and other crimes, whether the accused is a tribal member or not.
A new legal opinion from the attorney general affirms the Violence Against Women Act’s precedence over state law.
The Violence Against Women Act of 2013 allows Lower 48 tribes to prosecute non-Indians who commit acts of domestic violence against Indian spouses and partners. But a provision known as Section 910 excluded Alaska tribal courts.
More than two hundred people gathered for the annual Choose Respect Rally today on the capitol steps.
One of the new, more controversial provisions – granting tribal courts jurisdiction over non natives for domestic violence crimes committed in Indian Country – has reopened a long-simmering debate about tribal power in Alaska.