Native Americans

Law of the Land: An Interview with Legal Scholar and MacArthur Genius Sarah Deer

The statistics are atrocious. Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other women in the United States. At least 67 percent of Native women who report sexual assault say that their assailants were non-Native men. In Canada, over 1,200 Native women have gone... Read more »

Native American Women Are Still Blocked from Getting Plan B

A teen girl in the United States can walk into a pharmacy and buy the emergency contraceptive Plan B. Unless she happens to live on a Native American reservation, in which case the process of acquiring Plan B will likely be more complicated.  Read more »

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s what’s on our day-after-Thanksgiving radar: • One cool thing we can do surrounding Thanksgiving is remember and honor Native American struggles for self-determination and liberation. Red Power activists issued... Read more »

Popaganda: Subverting the Holidays

Four tales of holiday subversion. Read more »

Native Women Push for Access to Emergency Contraception

Photo: A still from Young Lakota, a documentary about women’s activism in South Dakota. “Every other race of women in this country has access to emergency contraceptives as an over-the-counter... Read more »

Disney's "The Lone Ranger" is So, So Bad

At one point in Disney’s new The Lone Ranger, Tonto turns to his companion and describes a massacre against his people, “The rivers ran red with blood.” Well, so will this review, because all I felt for a two hours and 29 minutes was anger. Read more »

Cheering On Project Runway's Native Designer Patricia Michaels

This season Project Runway welcomed its first-ever Native American designer, textile artist Patricia Michaels. The show raps up tonight and the Taos, New Mexico designer is one of the... Read more »

House of Pain: The latest blow to the Violence Against Women Act

This article went to press in January 2013. A February 2013 update is at the bottom. 2012 marked the year that violence against women became a partisan issue. The Violence Against Women Act, passed in 1994, was the first comprehensive federal effort to combat such violence. The landmark law... Read more »

Lady Liquor: The Racial Implications of the “Disease” Model of Alcoholism

Genetic explanations for alcoholism tend to reinforce preexisting stereotypes about race. Read more »

BiblioBitch: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

Isn’t it the best when you stumble upon an amazing book you just can’t put down? That was my feeling when I read The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich. Read more »