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At Tribal Nations Conference, Biden address efforts to end violence
against women; Holder announces initiative on Indian Child Welfare Act
WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe
Biden joined more than 300 Tribal leaders
at the sixth annual White House Tribal
Nations Conference in December and at
the opening of the conference, delivered
an impassioned speech about violence
against women in Indian Country.
“The most horrific prison on earth is the
four walls of an abused woman’s home,”
said Biden. “For far too many Native
American women, that is a daily reality.”
Biden, the original author of the Vio-
lence Against Women Act (VAWA) and its
most steadfast supporter for the past 20
years, was introduced by Councilwoman
Deborah Parker from the Tulalip Tribes.
“Vice President Biden has led the
movement to protect women against rape
and domestic violence,” she said. “Last
year, he helped pass the much-needed
protection to help Native women from
violence. Mr. Vice President, you are
correct when you say no means no – no
Referring to the provisions added to
VAWA in 2013 that allow Tribal govern-
ments to prosecute non-Indian domestic
violence offenders in certain cases, the
vice president apologized that it took
so long to give Tribal governments the
tools to hold offenders accountable in
“As long as there is a single place
where the abuse of power is excused as a
question of jurisdiction or tolerated as a
family affair, no one is truly safe and we
cannot define ourselves as a society that
is civilized,” he said.
Biden delivered a call to action say-
ing, “Tribal governments have an inherent
right, as a matter of fact they have an obli-
gation, to protect their people. All people
deserve to live free of fear.”
He urged all Tribal governments to
be prepared on March 7 when the law
goes into effect to use their authority
to aggressively prosecute domestic vio-
lence offenders. He stressed the need to
change the culture that too often leaves
victims asking what they did wrong
and instead to focus on sending a strong
message that violence against women is
Biden also acknowledged that we
have much more to do to protect Native
women from violence, including giving
Alaska Tribes the same authority and
expanding the provision to cover sexual
assault and other crimes. Biden called on
Congress to appropriate the $25 million
in grants authorized in VAWA 2013 to
implement the new law.
Indian Child Welfare Act in partnership
with the Departments of Interior and
Health and Human Services.
Attorney General Eric Holder fol-
lowed Biden and strongly stated the
Department of Justice’s commitment to
improving law enforcement in Indian
country and to institutionalizing that com-
mitment so it will continue. He announced
that he has implemented a Statement of
Principles to guide the department’s work
with Tribal nations into the future.
Holder went on to explain that DOJ
will work with its partners and Tribes
“to promote Tribes’ authority to make
placement decisions affecting Tribal
children; to gather information about
where the Indian Child Welfare Act is
being systematically violated; and to take
appropriate, targeted action to ensure that
the next generation of great Tribal leaders
can grow up in homes that are not only
safe and loving, but also suffused with
the proud traditions of Indian cultures.”
Holder also announced a new ini-
tiative to promote compliance with the
Holder said the initiative is “working
to actively identify state court cases where
the United States can file briefs opposing
the unnecessary and illegal removal of
Indian children from their families and
their Tribal communities.”
NCAI launches Kickstarter campaign
to change Washington NFL team name
Our fight to change the mascot has
been of David versus Goliath proportions.
The Change the Mascot campaign simply
cannot bring the same resources to bear
as Washington’s billionaire owner, Daniel
Snyder – not to mention the NFL itself.
The page also features the first time
T-shirts will be available online-for an
incentive pledge of $50.
Please join us in changing the name
of the Washington, D.C., NFL team. We
invite you to:
At its very core, this movement has
been about people and that’s who it will
be funded by – people like you.
The National Congress of American
Indian’s Kickstarter campaign features a
new video in follow-up to Proud to Be,
which highlights the amazing progress
in educating the public about the harmful
and continued use of the Washington NFL
Contribute to the campaign at http://
Share about the campaign on Face-
book and Twitter (links available on
the Kickstarter page).
Invite folks in your community to join
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Playtime teaches children to be creative
and helps them explore the world.
Talking helps children grow their
words and makes reading easier.
To view NCAI’s Kickstarter cam-
paign, visit http://kck.st/1v4dYS.
Natural Resources looking for photos of
hunting, fishing and gathering
The Natural Resources Department
is requesting photos of hunting/fishing/
gathering that will be kept in in the
Natural Resources Department office
and will be available for everyone who
Turn every day, everywhere moments
into fun learning activities for your child.
S I NG
Singing helps develop sounds, language
and memory in a fun way.
Reading, in any language, sets
children up for a successful future.
PLAY, TALK, SING, READ
every day with your child as you go about your daily activities. Learn more:
Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow
Attention Siletz Tribal Artists
Royalty Crown Proposals
The 2015 Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow Committee once again is having a logo
contest for the upcoming pow-wow in August 2015.
All Siletz Tribal artists are encouraged to submit a pow-wow themed logo. The
winning logo artist will receive a cash prize of $250 and a professional banner with
the logo. The winning artist will have his or her logo highlighted on Nesika Illahee
Pow-Wow flyers and merchandise.
Please submit your artwork to the Cultural Education director’s office at the
Siletz Tribal Community Center or mail it to Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians,
Attn: Pow-Wow Logo Contest, P.O. Box 549, Siletz, OR 97380-0549.
All entries must be received no later than March 2, 2015.
The 2015 Pow-Wow Committee is now accepting proposals for 2015-2016
royalty crowns for Miss Siletz, Junior Miss Siletz and Little Miss Siletz.
Proposals for a crown are required to include art design, size of the crown and a
bid for the crown or crowns of your interest. Proposals can be submitted for individual
crowns, two crowns or you can submit a bid for all three crowns.
Crown proposals must be turned in to the committee no later than March 2, 2015.
Proposals should be sent to Siletz Pow-Wow Committee, P.O. Box 549, Siletz,
If you have any questions, contact Buddy Lane at 800-922-1399, ext 1230, or