This event, sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of History, the CHaSS Anti-Oppression Committee, and the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research, marks the beginning of Women’s History Month and will feature Dr. Sarah Deer, whose scholarship explores the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, as well as the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals, Dr. Deer has worked to end violence against women for over 25 years, receiving national recognition from the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice for this work. A 2014 MacArthur Fellow and co-author of four textbooks on tribal law, Dr. Deer will join us to discuss her latest book, The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America.
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National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is a Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children. The NIWRC provides national leadership in ending gender-based violence in tribal communities by lifting up the collective voices of grassroots advocates and offering culturally grounded resources, technical assistance and training, and policy development to strengthen tribal sovereignty.
Barrette Project: Living Memorial, is a program run by the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition. This project is mentioned in Dr. Deer’s book: “The ‘living memorial’ exhibit (and its companion book) is made up of beaded and quilled barrettes, each accompanied by the testimony of a Native woman or girl affected by rape. The exhibit thus contains elements and images of honor, beauty, and strength while simultaneously offering up difficult truths” (10).
Restoring Ancestral Winds is a Utah-based organization whose mission is to support healing in Indigenous communities. The organization advocates for healthy relationships; educates communities on issues surrounding stalking, domestic, sexual, dating and family violence; collaborates with Great Basin community members and stakeholders; and honors and strengthens traditional values of all their relations.
Pandos is a Salt Lake City nonprofit working on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Campaign.
The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women aims to stop violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change.
FILMS AND VIDEOS
Sisters Rising (2020) A documentary about six Native American women reclaiming personal & tribal sovereignty.
A Broken Trust (2019) From the award-winning and Emmy-nominated Newsy Investigation team, this documentary dives deep into sexual assault in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
The Search: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (2019) A trip across the western US (Washington, Montana and New Mexico) to investigate why so many Indigenous women go missing in the US and what more could be done to address the problem.
Speaking Our Truth, a podcast produced by the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
Recommended Books by Indigenous women authors. This list was created by the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
OTHER ARTICLES AND REPORTS
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: A Snapshot of data from 71 urban cities in the United States, Urban Indian Health Center.
Man Camps Fact Sheet: Chasing out the Specter of Man Camps, Honor the Earth.
MMIW Resource Guide: Reports, hotlines, toolkits, and information about MMIW, Lakota People’s Law Project.