The Department of Justice’s annual Tribal Consultation on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women is held pursuant to Public Law 109-162, Title IX, Section 903 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005. This law requires the U.S. Attorney General to conduct an annual consultation with Indian tribal governments to address the federal administration of all tribal funds and programs established under the Violence Against Women Acts (VAWA) of 1994, 2000, and 2005. The statute further directs the Attorney General to solicit recommendations from the Indian tribes at an annual consultation concerning the following items:
- administering tribal funds and programs;
- enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking; and
- strengthening the federal response to such violent crimes.
2015 Tribal Consultation
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women hosted its 10th Annual Government-to-Government Consultation on November 4, 2015 in Shelton, WA.