H.R. 1836: Protect our Native Women Act of 2013

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of May 06, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1836

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 6, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee onNatural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To enhance training and cooperation between law enforcement officers to respond to and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in Indian country, to swiftly bring perpetrators to justice, to commission a GAO study, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protect our Native Women Act of 2013 .

2.

Assistant United States attorney domestic violence tribal liaisons

Section 13(b) of the Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act( 25 U.S.C. 2810(b) )is amended—

(1)

by redesignatingparagraph (9)asparagraph (10); and

(2)

by inserting afterparagraph (8)the following:

(9)

Serving as domestic violence tribal liaison by doing the following:

(A)

Encouraging and assisting in arrests and Federal prosecution for crimes, including misdemeanor crimes, of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking that occur in Indian country.

(B)

Conducting training sessions for law enforcement officers and other individuals and entities responsible for responding to crimes in Indian country to ensure that such officers, individuals, and entities—

(i)

understand their arrest authority over offenders; and

(ii)

are prepared to respond to victims of such crimes.

(C)

Developing multidisciplinary teams to combat domestic and sexual violence offenses against Indians.

(D)

Consulting and coordinating with tribal justice officials and victims’ advocates to address any backlog in the prosecution of crimes, including misdemeanor crimes, of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking that occur in Indian country.

(E)

Developing working relationships and maintaining communication with tribal leaders, tribal community and victims’ advocates, and tribal justice officials to gather information from, and share appropriate information with, tribal justice officials.

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3.

Special attorneys

Section 543(a) of title 28, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking, includingand all that follows throughIndian country; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:TheAttorney Generalshall appoint qualified tribal prosecutors and other qualified attorneys to assist in prosecuting Federal offenses committed in the Indian country of no fewer than 10 federally recognized tribes, with a preference given to those tribes with the highest rates of domestic violence and sexual assault, compared to other federally recognized tribes..

4.

GAO study

TheComptroller General of the United Statesshall submit to theCongressa report on—

(1)

the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault in Indian Country;

(2)

the efforts of Federal law enforcement agencies, including theFederal Bureau of InvestigationandBureau of Indian Affairs, to investigate these crimes; and

(3)

Federal initiatives, such as grants, training, and technical assistance, to help address and prevent such violence.