H. R. 1836
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 6, 2013
Mrs. Noemintroduced 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
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Protect our Native Women Act of
Assistant United States attorney domestic violence tribal liaisons
by redesignatingparagraph (9)asparagraph (10); and
by inserting afterparagraph (8)the following:
Serving as domestic violence tribal liaison by doing the following:
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.
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—
understand their arrest authority over offenders; and
are prepared to respond to victims of such crimes.
Developing multidisciplinary teams to combat domestic and sexual violence offenses against Indians.
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.
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.
Section 543(a) of title 28, United States Code, is amended—
, includingand all that follows through
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
TheComptroller General of the United Statesshall submit to theCongressa report on—
the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault in Indian Country;
the efforts of Federal law enforcement agencies, including theFederal Bureau of InvestigationandBureau of Indian Affairs, to investigate these crimes; and
Federal initiatives, such as grants, training, and technical assistance, to help address and prevent such violence.