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 is aimed at engaging the problem head-on -- and ending it. The Beginning and End of Rape collects and expands the 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 historical overview of rape and sex trafficking in North America, paying particular attention to the gendered legacy of colonialism in tribal nations. She faces this legacy directly, articulating strategies for Native communities and tribal nations seeking redress. In a 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.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-202) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction: Sovereignty of the soul Knowing through numbers? The benefits and drawbacks of data What she say, it be law: Tribal rape law and indigenous feminisms At the mercy of the state: Linking rape to federal Indian law All apologies: The continuing federal complicity in the rape of Native women Relocation revisited: The sex trafficking of Native women Punishing the victim: Dana's story The enigma of federal reform: The Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act Toward an indigenous jurisprudence of rape The trouble with peacemaking: False dichotomies and the politics of restorative justice "Righting" Tribal Rape Law: Proposals for reform Conclusion: The end of rape in Native America Epilogue.
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