Sarah Deer and Elizabeth Kronk Warner on Trump, Indian Country, Sexual Assault, and Extractive Industries

Sarah Deer and Elizabeth Ann Kronk Warner have posted “Raping Indian Country” on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

In this article, we have examined the policies of the Trump Administration as they relate to extractive development on and near Indian country, and policies related to the protection of Native people from rape and sexual assault. As demonstrated above, the Administration’s policies are likely to increase both the environmental and physical vulnerabilities of Native people. Native people will not only likely face exasperated physical insecurity, but their environments will likely be increasingly stripped on natural resources. As a result, the raping of Indian county continues. But, this article is not without hope. At least two ways forward, improvements upon the status quo exist. Tribal governments possess the requisite capacity to address the environmental and criminal challenges presented here. Further, changes to federal law, such as the Oliphant fix suggested above, provide meaningful opportunities for change. The rape of Indian country envisioned in this article is not a foregone conclusion; together change can protect our land and bodies.

Highly recommended.

H.R.3977 – To amend the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 to extend the jurisdiction of tribal courts to cover crimes involving sexual violence, and for other purposes.

Introduced by Rep. Haaland.

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#MeToo in Indian Country: A Short and Incomplete Collection of News Stories

Articles selected based on google search at 9AM this morning — “metoo american Indians”

Indianz: National Congress of American Indians under #MeToo fire

ICT: NCAI Attorney John Dossett under fire after #MeToo allegations

Indianz: Prominent Indian Country attorney reassigned after #MeToo allegations

NPQ: Will #MeToo Movement Lead to Protections for American Indian Women?

Vice Impact: Native American Women Have Been Saying a Lot More Than #MeToo for Years

Jezebel: Native American Lit Community Warns of Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Sherman Alexie 

NPR: ‘It Just Felt Very Wrong’: Sherman Alexie’s Accusers Go On The Record

Medium: Sherman Alexie and the Sexual Assault Legacy of Federal Native American Boarding Schools

NBC: Native American women speak out about sexual assault and violence

New Mexico News Port: Native Women Leaders Express #Me-Too Concerns

HCN: Where #Metoo meets #MMIW

Bustle: These Women Running For Congress Won’t Let Native Americans Be Left Out Of #MeToo

Native Friends: THE SILENCE WITHIN: A NATIVE VOICE IN #METOO

The Nation: Confronting the ‘Native Harvey Weinsteins

OPB: Native American Women On Sherman Alexie: ‘The Silence Was Destructive’

TIME: The Silence Breakers

Yes!: Why Reading Sherman Alexie Was Never Enough