Office of Tribal Justice

Office of Tribal Justice


Upcoming Consultation on Possible New Voting Rights Legislation

As announced by Attorney General Eric Holder on June 9, 2014, the Department of Justice will hold consultations to discuss with Tribal leaders whether the Department should recommend to Congress new legislation that would require any state or local election administrator whose territory includes all or part of an Indian reservation, an Alaska Native village, or other tribal lands to locate at least one polling place in a venue selected by each tribal government. As stated by Attorney General Holder, "At every level of our nation's Department of Justice, my colleagues and I are firmly committed to protecting the voting rights of every eligible American. Unfortunately, when it comes to exercising this fundamental right, many individuals and communities face significant obstacles. And this is particularly true among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. As Attorney General, I support taking whatever steps are necessary to guarantee that voters have access to polling places on Indian reservations and in Alaska Native villages." View the consultation announcement and framing paper.

DOJ Statement of Principles

As announced by Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House Tribal Nations Conference on November 13, 2013, the Department of Justice will adopt a Statement of Principles to guide and inform all of the Department's interactions with federally recognized Indian tribes. Our Statement of Principles will memorialize the Department of Justice's determination to serve as your partner in fighting crime and enforcing the law in Indian country. DOJ has consulted and received comments that are being incorporated in the final document, which was published on December 12, 2014.

DOJ’s "A Turning in the Tide" video

Watch the video "A Turning in the Tide" about Robert F. Kennedy's historic 1963 speech to the National Congress of American Indians and how the Justice Department, under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, is working today more than ever to fulfill its commitment to foster equal justice, safety, partnership and self-government in Native American communities.

Attorney General Approves Tribal Consultation Policy for the Department of Justice

Violence Against Women Act [VAWA] Reauthorization 2013

Congress passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, or "VAWA 2013." This new law includes significant provisions addressing tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence. These tribal provisions were proposed by the Justice Department in 2011.

Statement by Attorney General Eric Holder on the House Passage of the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

VAWA 2013 and Tribal Jurisdiction Over Non-Indian Perpetrators of Domestic Violence Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions