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.
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.