Sharing Our Stories Of Survival

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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...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Choice
This book is a must for anyone dealing with issues relating to women, Native Americans, or violence. The ethnographic discussion of violence in Native American cultures as a result of historical influences, including colonization and Christianization, is an important and often-overlooked element in understanding and eliminating violence in these communities. The text offers a unique discussion of violence, advocacy, and legal systems in the context of cultural and historical elements. The personal survival stories offer insights into the violence as well as into existing coping mechanisms in Native communities. The practical information, including how to talk to women involved in violence, tribal legal systems, and issues of custody and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), is invaluable to anyone working in these or related fields. Firmly imbedded in Native traditions of holistic existence, this book offers information that will be transferable to other ethnicities dealing with violence. Valuable for students of all levels, professors, advocates, and practitioners. *Summing Up:* Essential. All levels/libraries.
— April 2008
Tribal College Journal
This textbook can educate society about violence against Native women. It is unique....I highly recommend this textbook... 2007
The Canadian Journal Of Native Studies
The book gives ample statistics on conditions today and confronts both violence by non-Native perpetrators and by Native people in the home.... This collection offers many good tools for teachers and students, making it a strong choice for the classroom.
CHOICE - April 2008
This book is a must for anyone dealing with issues relating to women, Native Americans, or violence. The ethnographic discussion of violence in Native American cultures as a result of historical influences, including colonization and Christianization, is an important and often-overlooked element in understanding and eliminating violence in these communities. The text offers a unique discussion of violence, advocacy, and legal systems in the context of cultural and historical elements. The personal survival stories offer insights into the violence as well as into existing coping mechanisms in Native communities. The practical information, including how to talk to women involved in violence, tribal legal systems, and issues of custody and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), is invaluable to anyone working in these or related fields. Firmly imbedded in Native traditions of holistic existence, this book offers information that will be transferable to other ethnicities dealing with violence. Valuable for students of all levels, professors, advocates, and practitioners. *Summing Up:* Essential. All levels/libraries.
Fall 2009 Great Plains Research
Sharing our Stories of Survival is a heartbreaking and compelling presentation of Native women surviving violence. The text is a timely collaborative offering of essays and poetry, given the international attention on human rights and violence plaguing Indigenous women . . . An invaluable resource useful within academe and a must read for everyone new or inexperienced with tribal community issues. Given how few texts truly deal comprehensively with this topic, it should be required reading for students studying Indigenous issues in any college setting.
Nicole Matthews
Sharing Our Stories of Survival is a comprehensive and compelling look at the issue of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. Anybody reading this book will have a clear understanding of the complexities facing Native women today, and I commend the editors and contributors for bringing this issue to light.
CHOICE, April 2008 - .
This book is a must for anyone dealing with issues relating to women, Native Americans, or violence. The ethnographic discussion of violence in Native American cultures as a result of historical influences, including colonization and Christianization, is an important and often-overlooked element in understanding and eliminating violence in these communities. The text offers a unique discussion of violence, advocacy, and legal systems in the context of cultural and historical elements. The personal survival stories offer insights into the violence as well as into existing coping mechanisms in Native communities. The practical information, including how to talk to women involved in violence, tribal legal systems, and issues of custody and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), is invaluable to anyone working in these or related fields. Firmly imbedded in Native traditions of holistic existence, this book offers information that will be transferable to other ethnicities dealing with violence. Valuable for students of all levels, professors, advocates, and practitioners. *Summing Up:* Essential. All levels/libraries.
2007 Tribal College Journal
This textbook can educate society about violence against Native women. It is unique....I highly recommend this textbook... 2007
2008 The Canadian Journal Of Native Studies
The book gives ample statistics on conditions today and confronts both violence by non-Native perpetrators and by Native people in the home.... This collection offers many good tools for teachers and students, making it a strong choice for the classroom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759111240
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Tribal Legal Studies Series , #3
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Beloved Women: Life Givers, Caretakers, Teachers of Future Generations 2 Sexual Violence: An Introduction to the Social and Legal Issues for Native Women 3 Domestic Violence: An Introduction to the Social and Legal Issues for Native Women 4 Special Issues Facing Alaska Native Women Survivors of Violence 5 Overview of Issues Facing Native Women Who Are Survivors of Violence in Urban Communities 6 "From a Woman Who Experienced Violence" 7 Walking in the Darkness, Then Finding the Light 8 Violence Across the Lifecycle 9 Prisoner W-20170/Other 10 Living in Fear 11 Introduction to Advocacy for Native Women Who Have Been Raped 12 The Role of Advocates in the Tribal Legal System: Context is Everything 13 Overview of Sexual Violence Perpetrated by Purported Indian Medicine Men 14 Jurisdiction and Violence Against Native Women 15 Representing Native American Victims in Protection Order Hearings 16 Using Full Faith and Credit to Protect Native American Survivors of Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Assault 17 Divorce, Child Custody, and Support Issues in Tribal Courts 18 The Indian Child Welfare Act and Violence Against Women 19 The Role of probation in Providing Safety for Native Women Part 20 Twenty-two poems by Native poets
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