Nearly 25 years ago the Violence Against Women Act was passed into law. Today a large crowd of tribal leaders, allies and members of Congress stood footsteps from the Capitol and demanded that the now expired law be renewed.
After an opening prayer and song from Juana Majel-Dixon, Pauma Band of Indians, and short introduction of the press conference from Nagle, four chairs were covered in different colored shawls during a shawl ceremony.
Purple represented victims of domestic violence and is the color associated with the Violence Against Women Act. Teal stood for victims of sexual assault. White constituted victims of stalking and red served as the symbol for Missing and Murdered Indigenous DWomen.
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For more information on the bill itself follow it at the Federal Congressional Legislative website.