1. Action Alert
  2. Native Americans

Support a Tribal Set-Aside Of the Crime Victims Fund

By Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco , June 13, 2018

In some rural communities, Native women face a murder rate that is ten times higher than the national average. Despite having crime rates significantly higher than the rest of the country, Native victims in these communities are less likely to receive assistance and services.

Your senators can help by supporting a 5% tribal set-aside of the Crime Victims Fund. Will you urge them to support that set-aside?

The CVF is unique in that its funding comes from offenders, not taxpayers, and it goes directly to help victims of crime. But without this intentional allocation of the CVF, tribal communities have limited access to funding, despite having the highest rates of crime. Native communities need at least a 5% set-aside to get the resources necessary to heal and prevent crime.

Please contact your senators now and urge them to support the tribal set-aside of the CVF.

With your support, this set-aside will fund victim services within tribal justice systems and will both prevent crime and violence and help victims and their families heal. Please email your senators now.

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco

  • Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco managed the Native American Advocacy program from 2017-2019. In that capacity she lobbied on legislation that affects Native communities and built connections between tribes, tribal organizations, and non-Indian allies, particularly among a wide range of faith groups, to ensure tribal needs were addressed.