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Abuse of Native American women – an interview with Charmaine White Face

May 25, 2012

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Posted on 25 May 2012Emine DilekWVoN co-editor For the first time in its history, the United Nations decided this year to open an investigation into the way in which the US government treats Native Americans, now and in the past. Led by human rights professor and Native American, James Anaya, the human rights inquiry will […]

For Native American Women, Scourge of Rape, Rare Justice

May 23, 2012

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Native Americans are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault in remote Alaskan villages like Emmonak, women’s advocates say. EMMONAK, Alaska — She was 19, a young Alaska Native woman in this icebound fishing village of 800 in the Yukon River delta, when an intruder broke into her home and raped her. The man left. Shaking, the […]

Sex Trafficking Rampant in Indian Country; Pimps on Prowl for Native Girls

January 18, 2012

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By Terri Hansen January 17, 2012 Courtesy Terri Hansen Is sexual trafficking happening in your city? What about on your remote reservation? The short answer is, “Yes, right under your nose.” Klamath tribal member and Portland, Oregon resident Jeri Sundvall-Williams’s horrific sexual slavery ended 22 years ago, and it took an attack from a male […]

U.S. Tribal Council Resists Homophobia

August 9, 2011

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By Kanya D’Almeida WASHINGTON, Aug 8, 2011 (IPS) – Heather Purser, a member of the Suquamish tribe, whose reservation sits in Washington State, came out to her family at the age of 16, but has never felt completely accepted by her people. Until now. Following a unanimous vote last Monday, the Suquamish became the second […]

U.S. Tribal Council Resists Homophobia

August 9, 2011

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By Kanya D’Almeida WASHINGTON, Aug 8, 2011 (IPS) – Heather Purser, a member of the Suquamish tribe, whose reservation sits in Washington State, came out to her family at the age of 16, but has never felt completely accepted by her people. Until now. Following a unanimous vote last Monday, the Suquamish became the second […]

U.S.: Laws "Not Enough" to Tackle Violence Against Native Women

July 26, 2011

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By Kanya D’Almeida WASHINGTON, Jul 25, 2011 (IPS) – Juana Majel Dixon, first vice president of the National Congress of American Indians, said earlier this year that, “Young women on reservations live their lives in anticipation of being raped…They talk about ‘how I will survive my rape‚’ as opposed to not thinking about it at […]

U.S.: Laws "Not Enough" to Tackle Violence Against Native Women

July 26, 2011

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By Kanya D’Almeida WASHINGTON, Jul 25, 2011 (IPS) – Juana Majel Dixon, first vice president of the National Congress of American Indians, said earlier this year that, “Young women on reservations live their lives in anticipation of being raped…They talk about ‘how I will survive my rape‚’ as opposed to not thinking about it at […]