Sheena Gilbert is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She is a citizen of the Stockbridge Munsee tribe in Wisconsin. Her area of interest is Indigenous crime and victimization.
Lawmakers in the nation’s capital have an opportunity to fix a longstanding problem with the landmark legislation to prevent domestic violence: its failure to protect Indigenous women. The 1994 Violence Against Women Act, or what is commonly called “VAWA,” was the first federal law criminalizing domestic violence. VAWA aimed to protect women by making battering […]