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Remarks by the President Before Signing the Tribal Law and Order Act

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
July 29, 2010
4:58 P.M. EDT
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  Please have a seat.
     I want to start, obviously, by thanking Lisa for her introduction and having the courage to share her story with all of us today.  It’s for every survivor like Lisa who has never gotten their day in court, and for every family that feels like justice is beyond reach, and for every tribal community struggling to keep its people safe, that I’ll be signing the Tribal Law and Order Act into law today. 
     And in doing so, I intend to send a clear message that all of our people -- whether they live in our biggest cities or our most remote reservations -- have the right to feel safe in their own communities, and to raise their children in peace, and enjoy the fullest protection of our laws. 
     As many of you know, I campaigned on this issue.  And during our last -- during our tribal conference last year, I pledged my administration’s fullest support for this bill.  And I told Senator Dorgan last week that I intended to sign it in a ceremony here at the White House with all of you.  So today, I am proud to make good on my word.

Read the full text of the speech here.

Watch video of President Obama signing the Tribal Law and Order Act.
NY Times Editorial supporting the legislation.