OVW extended the deadline to submit written testimony and recommendations regarding the Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation. The adjusted deadline is now Monday, November 5, 2018. The 2018 Office on Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation in Sioux Falls, SD marked 13 years of annual consultations between Indian tribes and federal departments to address violence against Native women. This nation-to-nation Consultation is critical for Indian tribes to address outstanding concerns with the United States regarding safety for Native women, including legal and policy barriers impacting the ability of Indian tribes to protect Native women, especially given that Native women experience some of the highest rates of violent victimization in the United States. To continue to advance systemic and policy reform, it is imperative that tribal leaders provide written comments to inform the federal departments about any outstanding needs and provide recommendations for action. To supplement written testimony or in lieu of submitting separate written testimony, Indian tribes can opt to submit a statement indicating their support for the NCAI Task Force on Violence Against Women’s Priorities Document (see attached), which have been vetted with the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, tribal advocates, and tribal leadership through participation in the Task Force
Please join OVC TTAC for a webinar on November 1, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., as host Maria Shumar and presenter Gina Bohr, Program Analyst, Pension and Fiduciary Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, discuss the various Veterans Benefits Administration programs, and the protections and preventive measures an older adult can put in place. The webinar will also address how to respond after there is an incident of abuse.
For more information on the Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Webinar Series, please visit the Rural and Tribal Resources page.