VAWA (Violence against Women's Act) amendments pass Senate

On April 26 the U.S. Senate voted 68-31 to approve the reauthorization and amendment of the Violence against Women's Act.

The bill includes major tribal court jurisdiction and protection order provisions for tribes in the lower 48 states to address the epidemic of violence and sexual assault against Indian women.  Sections 904 and 905 of the Senate bill approves tribal court jurisdiction over non-Indian domestic violence offenders and tribal protection orders involving "any person.

These are controversial parts of the Senate bill that the U.S. House of Representatives might not approve.

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