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WASHINGTON Shoshone-Bannock Councilman Devon Boyer will be on a White House panel this morning hosted by Vice President Joe Biden. Today's event will highlight the critical need to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
This legislation contains key provisions, known as S. 1925 that will protect the safety of Native women in Indian Country by restoring tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence and dating violence. S.1925 makes improvements to current law to ensure that the federal government can fulfill its legal trust obligation to tribes.
Several Republican senators oppose the bill because they don't want tribal courts to have the ability to punish them. In other words, they don't want American Indian judges telling non-Indians they are going to jail.
The Vice President will be joined by Attorney General Eric Holder, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal.
At the event, the Vice President and others will discuss the Obama-Biden Administration's ongoing coordination across the federal government to combat violence against women and announce new steps the Administration is taking to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault.
Prior to the Vice President and other senior administration officials' remarks, domestic violence awareness advocate and Emmy Award-winning journalist Paula Zahn will host a panel discussion with community leaders and advocates to highlight the successes of the Violence Against Women Act and what more needs to be done.
This event will also be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live.
WHAT: Vice President Biden to host Violence Against Women Act Panel
When: 11:00 am edt
WHO: Vice President Joe Biden
Attorney General Eric Holder
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett
White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal
posted April 18, 2012 6:00 am edt
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