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Sheila Harjo

 Silence Perpetuates Violence.  Join us during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in thanking the countless survivors -- like Sheila Harjo -- who have the strength to stand up and say "no more." 

President Obama signs VAWA Reauthorization into Law

Native women's advocates in the United States are praising lawmakers for passage of an inclusive, bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that will afford protection to all women and victims of violence. The bipartisan bill, S. 47, passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, and now by the House, 286 to 138, includes critical provisions to restore and strengthen tribal authority to protect Native women from violence in Indian country.

To the Indigenous Woman...

Native women are murdered at 10 times the national rate; 1 out 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and 3 out of 5 physically assaulted. Even worse, 88% of the perpetrators are non-Indian and cannot be prosecuted by tribal governments. Stand and take action now to restore safety and justice for Native women. Do Something!

Tribes Lead the Efforts to Implement UN Declaration

by Robert T. Coulter - The Declaration contains more than 15 articles spelling out and protecting many aspects of tribal self-government and jurisdiction. Tribes are studying these detailed provisions, making strategies, and deciding what elements of the Declaration to implement first. The Declaration is a very useful guide for what changes are necessary, but it will take a strong, national campaign by tribes to get serious, concrete changes made.

Alternative NGO Report to the U.S. on the Follow-Up Report on MMIW

Within the framework of the 110th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the Indian Law Resource Center, the Alaska Native Women's Resource Cetner, the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (together with its project STTARRS Indigenous Safe Housing Center), and Pouhana O nā Wāhine submitted a joint report to the CERD, evaluating the measures taken by the United States to implement Paragraph 50(e) (concerning indigenous peoples and missing and murdered indigenous peoples) of the Concluding Observations, which was selected by CERD for a one-year fol


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