Published September 10, 2019
WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, tribal leaders from across Indian Country and Members of Congress will host “VAWA at 25: Honoring Our Native Women Survivors,” an event to recognize the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. The bi-partisan event will feature confirmed speakers Congresswoman Debra Haaland (D-NM) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), and will showcase a traditional shawl ceremony.
Since its enactment in 1995, each reauthorization of VAWA has included important reforms that have increased the safety of Native women across the United States. Scheduled for 12 p.m. at the House Triangle at the United States Capitol, the celebration will also serve to address the need to reauthorize VAWA and to take the next steps necessary to address the persistently high rates of violence experienced by Native women.
Attendees are encouraged to wear the color red to demonstrate solidarity with survivors and honor missing and murdered indigenous women.