About ITWG

Tribes interested in implementing VAWA 2013 were 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: 

Cherokee Nation

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Chickasaw Nation

Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes

Gila River Indian Community 

Hopi Tribe of Arizona

Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma

Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Nez Perce Tribe

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi

Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona

Passamaquoddy Tribe

Pauma Band of Mission Indians

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

Penobscot Nation

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Pueblo of Isleta

Pueblo of Laguna

Pueblo of Santa Clara

Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma

Quinault Indian Nation

Sac and Fox Nation

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 

Suquamish Indian Tribe

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation

Tulalip Tribes of Washington

White Earth Nation

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska