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NCJ Number: 249060 Find in a Library
Title: Tribal Legal Code Resource: Tribal Laws Implementing TLOA Enhanced Sentencing and VAWA Enhanced Jurisdiction
Author(s): Maureen L. White Eagle; Melissa L. Tatum; chia Halpern Beetso
Corporate Author: Tribal Law and Policy Institute
United States of America
Date Published: February 2015
Page Count: 197
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Grant Number: 2012-IC-BX-K001
Sale Source: Tribal Law and Policy Institute
8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 211
West Hollywood, CA 90046
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Legislation/Policy Description; Technical Assistance
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a guide for Native-American tribes interested in drafting or revising tribal laws under the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) sentencing- enhancement provisions or the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization of 2013, which pertains to Special Criminal Domestic Violence Jurisdiction.
Abstract: The guide focuses on the tribal code and rule changes that may be required should a tribe decide to implement the increased tribal authority in either or both statutes. It identifies and discusses the concerns and issues that must be addressed in implementing these provisions, and examples are provided for tribal codes and tribal court rules (February 2105). Regarding the drafting of a victim-centered approach to domestic violence against Native-American women, the guide includes exercises, examples, and discussion questions that assist tribes in customizing their laws to meet community needs. The guide also addresses the drafting or revision of victim-centered tribal criminal law on sexual assault and stalking.. Sample language and discussion questions are designed to help tribal community members decide on the best laws for their community. In addition, assistance is provided to tribes and tribal organizations that have received grants under the Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities, which addresses issues related to child abuse and victimization. Illustrative examples, narrative, and discussion questions are provided.
Main Term(s): Tribal Courts
Index Term(s): American Indians; Anti-stalking laws; Child abuse; Domestic assault; Federal legislation; Indian affairs; Indian justice; Sentencing/Sanctions; Sex offenses; Stalking; Violence Against Women Act
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