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By passing a stronger VAWA, lawmakers can not only continue the safeguards now in place, but also expand protections to stop the epidemic rates of violence against Native women — rates 2½ times higher than any other group of women in the United States.  In April, the Senate passed S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, with critically needed provisions that would help tribes address domestic and dating violence in Indian country; however, the House passed a version stripping out these provisions.  Since then, procedural logjams and politics have kept Congress from taking action.  Speak Up and Take Action! 

Please join this petition asking Congress to stand with Indian nations to stop this epidemic of violence against Native women.  Urge Congress to pass a better, stronger VAWA now that will protect Native women and ALL women!

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Letter to
Indian Law Resource Center Protect Native Women. Pass a Better Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Now!
Representative Eric Cantor
Senator Harry Reid
and 3 others
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
I just signed the following petition:

Pass a Better Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Now!

Native women are raped, battered, and stalked at epidemic levels that are disproportionately higher than any other group of women in the United States. The vast majority — some 86% — of the perpetrators of these crimes are identified as non-Indians over whom tribes lack criminal jurisdiction under current federal law. This epidemic of violence against Native women must stop!

In April, the Senate passed S. 1925 with life-saving provisions that would help tribes address domestic and dating violence in Indian country; however, the House passed a version stripping out these provisions. Since then, procedural logjams and politics have kept Congress from taking action. This is outrageous!

By passing a stronger, better VAWA, lawmakers can fix this longstanding jurisdictional gap in United States law. Native women should not be protected less just because they are Native and live on Indian lands. Native women deserve justice now!

Pass a better, stronger VAWA immediately and send it to the President for signature — one that will protect Native women and ALL women from violence!

Sincerely,