1. Action Alert
  2. Native Americans

Congress must address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women

By Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco , April 3, 2019


We need your help! The House will vote tomorrow to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 1585) or VAWA. Not only does this bill secure vital funding for victim services, it also expands tribal jurisdiction to prosecute non-Native American perpetrators of violence.

Tell Congress:

Reauthorize VAWA with increased protections for Native women.

Act Now 

The 115th Congress let VAWA expire for the first time in 25 years. Its reauthorization in 2013 was a huge win, giving tribal courts jurisdiction over non-Native Americans in domestic violence cases.

Violence against Native American women on tribal lands, which is overwhelming committed by non-Native perpetrators, has reached devastating levels. The newly introduced bill, H.R. 1585, addresses this by expanding tribal jurisdiction to include crimes of sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, and sex trafficking. Provisions from Savanna’s Act, which did not pass the last Congress, are also included in this bill to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Your representative needs to hear from you! Tell Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and its tribal provisions.

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco

  • Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco manages the Native American Advocacy program lobbying on legislation that affects Native communities. She builds connections between tribes, tribal organizations, and non-Indian allies, particularly among a wide range of faith groups, to ensure tribal needs are addressed.