Washington, D.C. —  More than 100 people accepted the invitation to attend a congressional briefing, Violence Against Women and Implementation of VAWA 2013 Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction held February 23, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Armstrong Wiggins, director of the Center’s Washington, D.C. office and a Miskito Indian, says the escalating violence in Nicaragua must stop.  He encourages the international community to join in solidarity with the Miskito people calling for an end to military attacks against indigenous...

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The 2013 Violence Against Women Act affirmed tribes' ability to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) over non-Indian defendants within Indian country for domestic or dating violence against Native women, and violations of protection orders. A congressional briefing,... read more

On August 15, the President and Vice President of the Parliament were arrested for collecting the entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park. They were released the next day but were forbidden to enter their sacred sites. The President, Leviante Araki Tepano, was arrested...

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In 2010, the Rapa Nui people protested against Chile's lack of recognition of the clans' land rights, poor management of their sacred sites, and lack of control over immigration to the island. These peaceful protests led to violent clashes with police. The Indian Law Resource Center helped the...

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Rapa Nui culture and heritage are recognized around the world. The iconic statues – the Moai – are a part of the cultural heritage of humanity. The moai, along with other sacred ceremonial and ancestral sites of the Rapa Nui, have been incorporated into a Chilean...

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Rapa Nui lies roughly 2,200 miles west off the coast of Chile. The small island has been inhabited since time immemorial by a Polynesian people, the Rapa Nui, who have their own distinct language and culture. Currently, the Rapa Nui are organized into 36 clans. Chile claimed control of the...

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On December 7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST, hundreds of supporters will rally on the steps of the United States Supreme Court as oral arguments begin in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a case that threatens the safety of Native women and children... read more

On Wednesday, December 2, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing: “Tribal Law and Order Act – 5 Years Later: How have the justice systems in Indian Country improved?”

On September 22, 2015, the Human Rights Council held a half-day panel discussion on follow-up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.