Among the commitments announced at the NALS was the formation of a new North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls (the Working Group), a tri-lateral initiative to address the high levels of domestic and sexual violence against indigenous women and girls across our continent.The Working Group, composed of high-level representatives of the United States, Mexico, and Canada, meets for the first time today at the White House.The Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005, Title IX, Section 904(a)(1)(2), authorizes NIJ, in consultation with the U. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, to conduct research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women in Indian Country.The needed research is broad in scope, and NIJ is actively developing a research program for multiple projects over an extended period of time in order to address the issues.
Indigenous peoples in the USA face deeply entrenched marginalization – the result of a long history of systemic and pervasive abuse and persecution.The White House welcomes our partners from the governments of Mexico and Canada and is pleased to host this first meeting.This initiative builds on the foundation of policies the Administration has championed to recognize Tribal sovereignty, strengthen our justice and health systems’ responses to violence against Alaska Native and American Indian (AN/AI) women and girls, and advance the human rights of indigenous women and girls globally, through diplomatic channels as well as foreign aid and international development. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NCAI supports the development of legislation that will: 1) Restore Alaska Native village lands as “Indian country” with Alaska tribal governments having the same authority to address the needs of their peoples as the tribes in the lower 48; and 2) At a minimum, restore the authority of Alaska tribes to address domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault within village lands, as well as related problems of alcohol and drug abuse; and 3) Provide separate funding to Alaska tribal governments for necessary law enforcement in rural villages; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NCAI supports the Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act and supports further amendments to expand the pilot project of VAWA 2013 to include all tribes in Alaska. The Initiative, located within the Department of Education, seeks to support activities that will strengthen the Nation by expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students.