MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 28, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Violence Against Women Act passed, sent to President


Associated Press

— The House has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a far-reaching extension of the Violence Against Women Act.

The original version of the act extended tribal jurisdiction over non-Native Americans in domestic violence cases, something both the Cherokee Nation and Creek Nation supported.

The version which has passed includes the same provisions, but with some changes and restrictions.

The law lapsed in 2011 and has been caught up in the partisan battles that now divide Congress. Last year, the House refused to go along with a Senate-passed bill that would have made clear that lesbians, gays, immigrants and Native American women should have equal access to anti-violence programs.

Read more in Friday’s Phoenix.