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Indigenous Women and Feminism

Violence Against Native Women: Resistance and Responses

Wednesday, March 12, 2014  4:15 p.m.

MacDonald Moot Court Room (Room 390), Myron Taylor Hall Reception to follow in the Student Lounge (Room G65)

The Symposium is an effort of collaborative work of the American Indian Program at Cornell University, the Avon Foundation for Women, the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School, Carl Becker House at Cornell University, and the Native American Law Students Association at Cornell Law School. Avon Global Center Executive Director, Liz Brundige, will introduce the event. The panel will be moderated by Lisa K. Hall, Courtesy Associate Professor in the American Indian Program at Cornell University, and include top lawyers, academics, and activists working on violence against native women:

  • Sarah Deer, Associate Professor, William Mitchell College of Law and Associate Justice of the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals
  • Amanda Sampson Lomayesva, Attorney General of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe
  • Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and Board Member of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission

"Violence against native women in the U.S. is at epidemic levels. Native women are currently more than twice as likely as non-Natives to be victims of domestic violence, and nearly three out of five have been assaulted by their spouses or intimate partners. When the U.S. reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, it included a new provision that allows tribal courts to have criminal jurisdiction over non-tribal members in cases of domestic violence. Previously, tribal courts were only able to prosecute domestic violence offenses against their own members. One of the panelists described how the tribe's police enforcement's hands were tied when it came to domestic violence committed by non-tribal members." To see more about the symposium, please visit Avon Foundation for Women page.