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H.R.780: Violence Against Indian Women Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about native americans
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Sponsor Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 17 (All Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 15, 2013
Latest Major Action April 8, 2013
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Bill Summary

Violence Against Indian Women Act of 2013 - Amends the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 to give Indian tribes criminal jurisdiction over domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protective orders that occur on their lands. Makes that jurisdiction concurrent with federal and state jurisdiction.

Prohibits a tribe from exercising such jurisdiction if neither the defendant or alleged victim is an Indian, or the defendant lacks certain ties to the tribe.

Requires Indian tribes prosecuting those crimes to: (1) provide defendants the right to a trial by an impartial jury; and (2) notify detainees of their rights, including the right to file a writ of habeas corpus in federal court.

Authorizes the Attorney General to award grants to assist Indian tribes in exercising such jurisdiction, providing indigent defendants with free legal counsel, and securing the rights of victims of such crimes.

Authorizes appropriations for such grant program and to p...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 8, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.
March 1, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.
Feb. 15, 2013 Referred to House Natural Resources
Feb. 15, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary