American Indian & Tribal Communities

Federal Prosecution of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country – Hagen – 2012
Leslie A. Hagen, National Indian Country Training Coordinator, will address specific substantive topics in the area of federal prosecution of sexual assault and domestic violence crimes occurring in Indian Country. Ms. Hagen will discuss jurisdictional issues, applicable federal criminal statutes, and best practices for working in a multijurisdictional federal/tribal case. Ms. Hagen is one of the leading authorities in the country on federal prosecution of crimes against women in Indian Country.

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SA and DV in Native Country – Medicine Crow & Saenz – 2011
Presenters Rhonda Medicine Crow and Marie Saenz of the Inter-Tribal Council of California, Inc. will discuss the history of intergenerational trauma in Native American communities and the role it plays in current day experiences of Native American families. They will also analyze a variety of grassroots solutions to help address typical issues that may arise when working with Native American Families and give suggestions for non-Tribal members and organizations to work with tribal communities.

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Implementing Title IX of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 – Hagen – 2013
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) was signed into law on March 7, 2013. This Act amends existing federal laws and provides new tools for federal and tribal prosecutors dealing with domestic violence in Indian Country. Pursuant to VAWA 2013, tribes will be able to exercise their sovereign power to investigate, prosecute, convict, and sentence both Indians and non-Indians who assault Indian spouses or dating partners or violate a protection order in Indian country. VAWA 2013 also clarifies tribes’ sovereign power to issue and enforce civil protection orders against Indians and non-Indians. This session will address how VAWA 13 amended the following statutes; the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Full Faith and Credit Statute, and the Federal Assault Statute.

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