Eric Stegman '00

When it comes to getting things done in Washington D.C., Erik Stegman is a force. In 2011, Stegman took the lead on developing and passing into law the Stand Against Violence and Empower Native Women Act. While obtaining his master’s degree in American Indian Studies, and his law degree at UCLA, Erik assisted judges at the Hopi Tribal Appellate Court and saw cases of assault and domestic abuse on the reservation. “Most violence against native women on reservations was, and is, by non-native men,” confirms Erik, which makes for a complicated situation in a tribal courtroom. Erik was fueled to do something about it. Signed into law in 2013, in large part due to his efforts, the act gives tribal courts new jurisdiction to prosecute non-native men for domestic abuse against native women.