Tribal Justice and Safety

Tribal Justice and Safety

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 part of all 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. We are pleased to invite you to government-to-government consultations with the Department of Justice on our proposed Statement of Principles. View the consultation schedule and registration instructions.

Read the Proposed Statement of Principles

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.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2013 Pilot Project

On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, or "VAWA 2013." VAWA 2013 recognizes tribes' inherent power to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction over certain defendants, regardless of their Indian or non-Indian status, who commit acts of domestic violence or dating violence or violate certain protection orders in Indian country. This new law generally takes effect on March 7, 2015, but also authorizes a voluntary "Pilot Project" to allow certain tribes to begin exercising special jurisdiction sooner. On February 6, 2014 the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, and the Umatilla Tribes of Oregon Information were selected for this Pilot Project. Information related to the Pilot Project, related consultations, and other resources, may be found on the VAWA Reauthorization 2013 page.


Indian Country Accomplishments of the Justice Department, 2009-Present

In June 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder launched a Department-wide initiative to enhance public safety in Indian County. Significant progress has been made since then. This document offers highlights of the Department's progress in the following areas: enhanced prosecution and training efforts; implementation of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (TLOA); grant opportunities; general litigation; civil rights; and outreach and consultation.

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