More than a Vision: Native American Domestic Violence Fatality Review

The National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative is hosting a webinar–More than a Vision: Native American Domestic Violence Fatality Review. The session will be held on the 16th of July from 11-12:30pm PT. Click through for details about the session:

From the registration:

Undertaking domestic violence fatality review in Indian Country, where each federally recognized tribe is a sovereign nation, is complex. Many of the protocols fatality review teams have developed in the areas of membership, record retrieval, report writing, and inclusion of local members, for instance, are different in tribal and federal environments. Additional concerns include the need for heightened cultural sensitivity and political finesse. Presenters from the first Indian Country fatality review initiative based in the state of Montana discuss the development of the team, lessons learned and processes adopted, and the global implications of such a team.

Presenter Information

Joan Eliel

Joan Eliel is currently employed by the Montana Department of Justice as an Investigator/ Program Specialist for the Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services in Helena, Montana. Ms. Eliel is the program administrator for Montana’s Project Passport, End-of-Life Registry, and Address Confidentiality Programs, and investigates Unlicensed Practice of Law complaints. She is currently piloting two national projects, the Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification System and the Hope Card Project.  Prior to joining the Montana Department of Justice, Ms. Eliel served six years as a Justice Court Judge in Dillon, Montana, and has been instrumental in promoting outreach regarding domestic violence and sexual assault and forming partnerships with the Montana and Wyoming Tribal Courts and their communities in combating these issues. She is the coordinator of Montana’s Native American Fatality Review Team.

Danna R. Jackson, J.D.

Danna R. Jackson is an Assistant United States Attorney and Tribal Liaison for the District of Montana.  Jackson prosecutes violent crime in Indian Country and works to build relationships with tribal governments and law enforcement partners.  Through June 2015, Jackson is serving as Acting Native American Issues Subcommittee Coordinator for the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorney.

Before becoming an AUSA, Jackson worked in Washington DC for a decade.  She spent over two years in the National Indian Gaming Commission’s general counsel’s office, followed by a tour on the Hill as Legislative Assistant to Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD).  Her last gig in Washington was representing tribal interests as advisor/attorney for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Jackson has served as visiting faculty for the University of Montana’s School of Law’s Indian Summer Program and is on the board of the American Indian Graduate Center and the Montana Board of Crime Control.

Jackson received her J.D. from the University of Montana in 1996.  She is a member of the Montana and DC bar associations.