Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence

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Sarah Deer, Maureen L. White Eagle, Bonnie Clairmont, Carrie A. Martell
Rowman Altamira, 2008 - Social Science - 362 pages
A general introduction to the social and legal issues involved in acts of violence against Native women, this book's contributors are lawyers, social workers, social scientists, writers, poets, and victims. In the U.S. Native women are more likely than women from any other group to suffer violence, from rape and battery to more subtle forms of abuse, and Sharing Our Stories of Survival explores the causes and consequences of such behavior. The stories and case-studies presented here are often painful and raw, and the statistics are overwhelmingly grim; but a countervailing theme also runs through this extremely informative volume: Many of the women who appear in these pages are survivors, often strengthened by their travails, and the violence examined here is human violence, meaning that it can be changed, if only with much effort and education. The first step is to lay out the truth for all to see, and that is the purpose accomplished by this book.
 

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This is a powerful collaborative work that is deserving of much more attention that it has received. The rates of victimization of Native women is a battle that rages in silence. The stories in this book are gripping and almost unbelievable. But great things come from mighty challenges. I encourage you to share this book with others: professionals, your neighbors, your book club, feminist groups and organizations, legislators...we can make a difference in the lives of our people in this country.  

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Contents

Beloved Women Life Givers Caretakers Teachers of Future Generations
3
Sexual Violence An Introduction to the Social and Legal Issues for Native Women
31
Domestic Violence An Introduction to the Social and Legal Issues for Native Women
49
Special Issues Facing Alaska Native Women Survivors of Violence
71
Overview of Issues Facing Native Women Who Are Survivors of Violence in Urban Communities
87
STORIES OF SURVIVAL
101
From a Woman Who Experienced Violence
105
Walking in the Darkness Then Finding the Light
115
Overview of Sexual violence Perpetrated by Purported Indian Medicine Men
215
TRIBAL LEGAL SYSTEMS
231
Jurisdiction and Violence Against Native Women
233
Representing Native American Victims in Protection Order Hearings
249
Using Full Faith and Credit to Protect Native American Survivors of Domestic Violence Stalking and Sexual Assault
267
Divorce Child Custody and Support Issues in Tribal Courts
281
The Indian Child Welfare Act and Violence Against Women
297
The Role of Probation in Providing Safety for Native Women
311

Violence across the Lifecycle
131
Prisoner W20170Other
149
Living in Fear
167
ADVOCACY
177
Introduction to Advocacy for Native Women Who Have Been Raped
181
The Role of Advocates in the Tribal Legal System Context Is Everything
193
Glossary
337
Index
343
About the Advisory Board
347
About the Contributors
351
About the Editors
361
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About the author (2008)

Sarah Deer is staff attorney and Victim Advocacy Legal Specialist for the Tribal Law & Policy Institute in Saint Paul, Minnesota; she is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Bonnie Clairmont, a citizen of the HoChunk Nation of Wisconsin, works for the Tribal Law & Policy Institute; she has worked for 20 years as a counselor and advocate for victims of sexual and domestic abuse. Carrie Martell is a law student at the University of New Mexico.Maureen L. White Eagle has practiced law in various tribal jurisdictions in North Dakota and Minnesota.

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