The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) recently passed in the House and Senate. A presidential sign-off was the only thing required to renew the 1994 bill, which had come under fire in 2012 due to new protections promised to Native American women and other groups.
Emerging sources speculate that law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck may be lobbying against the bill. Martin Shultz, Senior Policy Director of Brownstein, also serves as Co-Chair for the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC’s) Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force. ALEC is funded by the Koch brothers, who are infamous for challenging Native Americans rights in order to support nearby oil companies.
Many sources have linked oil workers being brought near reservation lands with the major upsurge in violence towards Native women. These statistics are disturbing in the wake of oil lobbyists trying to kill VAWA.
Some insider sources point to law firm Shook, Hardy and Bacon as possible anti-VAWA lobbyists as well.