The Beginning and End of Rape

Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America

Author: Sarah Deer

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 145294573X

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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Winner of the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award Despite what major media sources say, violence against Native women is not an epidemic. An epidemic is biological and blameless. Violence against Native women is historical and political, bounded by oppression and colonial violence. This book, like all of Sarah Deer’s work, is aimed at engaging the problem head-on—and ending it. The Beginning and End of Rape collects and expands the powerful writings in which Deer, who played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, has advocated for cultural and legal reforms to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse. Deer provides a clear historical overview of rape and sex trafficking in North America, paying particular attention to the gendered legacy of colonialism in tribal nations—a truth largely overlooked or minimized by Native and non-Native observers. She faces this legacy directly, articulating strategies for Native communities and tribal nations seeking redress. In a damning critique of federal law that has accommodated rape by destroying tribal legal systems, she describes how tribal self-determination efforts of the twenty-first century can be leveraged to eradicate violence against women. Her work bridges the gap between Indian law and feminist thinking by explaining how intersectional approaches are vital to addressing the rape of Native women. Grounded in historical, cultural, and legal realities, both Native and non-Native, these essays point to the possibility of actual and positive change in a world where Native women are systematically undervalued, left unprotected, and hurt. Deer draws on her extensive experiences in advocacy and activism to present specific, practical recommendations and plans of action for making the world safer for all.
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American Indian Politics and the American Political System

Author: David E. Wilkins,Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442252669

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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American Indian Politics and the American Political System remains the definitive source on the structure of indigenous governments and their international relations. The text analyzes the challenges facing Indigenous nations as they develop new and innovative strategies to defend and demand recognition of their national character and rights.
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Violence in Popular Culture: American and Global Perspectives

Author: Laura L. Finley

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440854335

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

View: 5359

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A comprehensive resource, this book reviews current and historical examples of violence in film, television, radio, music, music videos, video games, and novels. • Informs about issues and controversies related to violence in popular culture today • Includes entries on a diversity of genres, both historical and contemporary • Offers a global comparison via significant entries about violence in popular culture outside the U.S. • Features an easy-to-read format and includes introductions and other accompanying materials
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Native American Mystery Writing

Indigenous Investigations

Author: Mary Stoecklein

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498585787

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

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Native American Mystery Writing: Indigenous Investigations examines Native-authored mystery novels as a way to consider how Native American writers use a popular and accessible literary genre to make social, cultural, and political critiques. Though mystery/crime/detective fiction is one of the most popular forms of fiction in the world, little scholarship currently exists regarding Native American writers and how they add new dimensions to the widely read genre. Rather, the majority of scholarship examines the depiction of Native characters from the perspective of non-Native authors. This book analyzes how Native authors use the genre to foreground centuries of settler-colonial crimes and comment upon the ways in which these crimes continue to impact Native individuals and communities today. Considering fourteen novels and two made-for-TV films, this book analyzes a spectrum of settler-colonial crimes: the Osage oil murders, sexual assault against Native women, missing/murdered Indigenous women, the California mission system, spiritual beliefs and freedom of religion, conceptions of healing, theft—of land, children, and cultural items—and, of course, murder. Examination of these texts shows how Native authors working with the mystery/crime/detective fiction format are able to entertain readers while also shedding light on settler-colonial crimes, arguing for strengthened tribal sovereignty, and illustrating the resilience of Indigenous peoples—all in order to promote discussions about creating a more just system for Native Nations.
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50 Events That Shaped American Indian History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic [2 volumes]

Author: Donna Martinez,Jennifer L. Williams Bordeaux

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440835772

Category: Social Science

Page: 853

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This powerful two-volume set provides an insider's perspective on American Indian experiences through engaging narrative entries about key historical events written by leading scholars in American Indian history as well as inspiring first-person accounts from American Indian peoples. • Allows readers to understand the history of Indian communities and tribal governments in the United States and to consider complex and controversial questions on how to begin improving conditions for Indian communities in the 21st century • Highlights American Indian contributions to U.S. culture, economy, and politics • Includes first-person accounts and narratives as well as excerpts from official documents, letters, and other primary sources that help bring American Indian history to life and present a more personal look into the experiences of tribes • Addresses the historical and legal misconceptions as well as stereotypes affecting American Indians that continue to persist today
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