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Legal Information: Tribal

Abuse in Tribal Communities

Updated: 
May 23, 2019

What happens if the abuser violates the tribal protection order?

If the abuser violates your tribal protection order in the Indian country of the participating tribe, you can report it to the police.1 A tribal court has the power to punish or prosecute the abuser if the abuser:

  • lives in the Indian country of the participating tribe;
  • is employed in the Indian country of the participating tribe; or
  • is the spouse, intimate partner, or dating partner of:
    • a member of the participating tribe; or
    • an Indian who resides in the Indian country of the participating tribe.2

1 25 U.S.C. § 1304(b)(2)(A)
2 25 U.S.C. § 1304(b)(4)(B), (c)