The Beginning and End of Rape
Sarah Deer book cover

Thinking about buying the book?
Consider purchasing from Birchbark Books, a Native-owned bookstore in Minneapolis, MN. 

Reading Guide, with thanks to Colleen O'Neill


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Additional Resources


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. 


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.


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.

New Mexico Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives Task Force Report 

MMIW Resource Guide: Reports, hotlines, toolkits, and information about MMIW, Lakota People’s Law Project. 

April Book Club
As a follow-up to this conversation, the CHaSS staff book club will read Louise Erdrich's The Round House in April. Staff members across the university--and on all statewide campuses--are welcome to join. Please contact Jeannie Sur for more information at