Since the incorporation of the NAAV in 2009, the NAAV leadership has continually been requesting representation on the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, but we have not been able to gain the support we needed.
In early January, 2018, Shelly Harrison, Prosecutor with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, revitalized these efforts. In February, Shelly Harrison and Shawn Partridge (Director of MCNFVPP) met with state legislator, Terry O'Donnell, who agreed to sponsor a bill to make changes to the state statute that governs the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board to
add tribal representatives, specifically “two individuals, at least one of whom shall be an American Indian survivor of domestic violence, selected from a list of three names submitted by the Native Alliance Against Violence, Oklahoma’s tribal coalition against domestic violence and sexual assault.”
The bill passed the House with a vote of 87 to 2, however the bill died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
ALL IS NOT LOST!
There is a glimmer of hope that the bill can still be passed if it is brought to a vote on the floor of the Senate.
Accordingly, if you feel so inclined, you may reach out to the members of the Judiciary Committee voicing your concern and disappointment in the failure of the committee to move this piece of state legislation forward, and request that it be heard on the floor of the Senate.
Please be mindful of any lobbying restrictions of your Tribe and program.
The following is the contact information for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Senator Anthony Sykes – District 24 (Judiciary Chair)
Senator Nathan Dahm – District 33 (Judiciary Vice Chair)
Senator Michael Brooks – District 44
Senator Julie Daniels – District 29
Senator Kim David – District 18
Senator Kay Floyd – District 46
Senator Joe Newhouse – District 25
Senator Adam Pugh – District 41
Senator Jason Smalley – District 28
Senator Rob Standridge – District 15