Program at Seattle Law: DV and Indian Country Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice in Indian Country: Roadblocks for Domestic Violence Survivors
Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall Courtroom
Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 11am-1pm
Jurisdictional issues in Indian Country affect tribal members nationwide. Some types of crime, including domestic violence, often fall into jurisdictional gaps and are not prosecuted. Because tribal courts do not have jurisdiction over non-Indians, tribal members have no recourse through tribal courts when a perpetrator is a non-Indian. Between 2005 and 2010, the federal government refused to prosecute 50% of violent crimes that allegedly took place in Indian Country, and approximately 75% of sexually-based alleged crimes against women and children. However, some tribes are experimenting with creative ways of addressing these problems. This event, hosted by the Seattle University Human Rights Network, the Center for Indian Law and Policy, the Seattle University Native American Law Students Association, and the Seattle University Women’s Law Caucus, will inform attendees about the jurisdictional problems, as well as possible solutions in navigating these legal systems and addressing domestic violence. The enactment of the Tribal Law and Act of 2010, along with horrendous statistics of violence against women and children in Indian Country, makes this issue particularly timely and important for students interested in Indian law and advocacy.

One thought on “Program at Seattle Law: DV and Indian Country Criminal Justice

  1. Melvin R. Stoof October 5, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    Tribal leaders need to support DOJ’s July 17 proposed legislation to restore criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians who are perpetrators in about 70-80% of all assaults against Native women.

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