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TULALIP, WASHINGTON Tulalip Tribal Vice Chairwoman Deborah Parker has been on Capitol Hill pressing for the immediate passage of the bipartisan, Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, VAWA, reauthorization.
Tulalip Tribal Vice Chairwoman Deborah Parker
“This issue must absolutely transcend partisan politics,”
said Vice Chairwoman Parker, a survivor of abuse in Indian country, who went public with her story this year in support of the VAWA.
“It is one of our fundamental human rights - the right of each and every American woman to live free from threats or acts of physical harm.”
“A woman's class of origin or race and physical location at the time of sexual assault or physical abuse should not dictate her protection under the US Constitution. All women and children must be protected, especially the original women of this continent.”
It is widely reported that House Leadership is holding up the bill, by objecting to provisions in the Senate VAWA that would restore to tribal governments the limited power to prosecute non-Indians who enter Indian country and commit violence against American Indian women.
“I urge all of my fellow Americans to call Rep. Eric Cantor's office and urge that he agree to guard against any more Native women being sexually or physically abused in Indian country,”
The direct number to Representative Cantor's Office is 202.225.2815.
posted December 20, 2012 9:30 am est