1. Action Alert
  2. Native Americans

Tell Your Senators: Protect the Safety of Native American Women

By Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco , October 2, 2019

Right now, the Senate Judiciary Committee is negotiating their version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. This is a critical hurdle since the House passed its version (H.R. 1585) a few months ago.

Violence against Native American women has reached unprecedented levels. This is a crucial time to ensure that the Senate advances a bill that protects Native American women and girls, respects tribal sovereignty, and restores tribal jurisdiction over non-Native American perpetrators who commit violent crimes on tribal lands.

Tell Congress:

Reauthorize VAWA with increased protections for Native women.

Act Now 

As sovereign entities, tribes must be afforded the opportunity to protect their own citizens from the crisis of violence that plagues tribal communities. Under current law they are prevented from doing so.

Restoring tribal jurisdiction over these crimes would provide Native communities with the resources they need to bring justice for victims of violence.

Contact your senators today! Tell them that VAWA reauthorization MUST restore tribal jurisdiction over non-Native American perpetrators!

Legislative Ask Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act with Strong Provisions for Native Women 

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) addresses violence and sexual assault by providing the resources and services necessary for public safety. This bill is especially significant for Native American communities, which deal with domestic and sexual violence at unparalleled rates.

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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.