Inter-tribal Working Group

Tribes interested in implementing VAWA 2013 are strongly encouraged to join the Intertribal Technical-Assistance Working Group on Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (ITWG). The ITWG is a voluntary working group of designated tribal representatives who may exchange views, information, and advice, peer-to-peer, about how tribes may best implement SDVCJ, combat domestic violence, recognize victims’ rights and safety needs, and safeguard defendants’ rights.

This peer-to-peer technical assistance may cover a broad set of issues, from drafting stronger domestic violence codes and victim-centered protocols and policies, to improving public defender systems, to analyzing detention and correctional options for non-Indians, to designing more broadly representative jury pools.

Tribes participating in the ITWG have also had opportunities to engage with the Departments of Justice and the Interior, which are available to provide technical advice to the working group as a whole and work with individual tribes to address specific issues or concerns as needed.

Participating Tribes: 

1. Cherokee Nation

2. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

3. Chickasaw Nation

4. Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation

5. Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

6. Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

7. Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

8. Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes

9. Gila River Indian Community 

10. Hopi Tribe of Arizona

11. Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

12. Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma

13. Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians

14. Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

15. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

16. Muscogee (Creek) Nation

17. Nez Perce Tribe

18. Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi

19. Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

20. Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona

21. Passamaquoddy Tribe

22. Pauma Band of Mission Indians

23. Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

24. Penobscot Nation

25. Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

26. Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

27. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

28. Pueblo of Isleta

29. Pueblo of Laguna

30. Pueblo of Santa Clara

31. Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma

32. Quinault Indian Nation

33. Sac and Fox Nation

34. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

35. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

36. Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

37. Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

38. Spokane Tribe of Indians

39. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 

40. Suquamish Indian Tribe

41. Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

42. Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation

43. Tulalip Tribes of Washington

44. White Earth Nation

45. Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

For more information about the ITWG, please contact