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Winona LaDuke

Commentary: Violence Against Women Act important

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"A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground." - Cheyenne proverb

Recent debate on the Violence Against Women Act marks what may be a very important stage in improving relations between tribal governments, state and federal governments and the protection of women.

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The law has been up for re-authorization for five years, and has a few sticking points, mostly around the protection of Native and immigrant women, and gay and lesbian people.

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