Sarah Deer



Federal Indian Law and Violent Crime: Native Women and Children at the Mercy of the State

This article focuses on the unique impact of federal Indian law on Native crime victims. Its analysis of historical events, contemporary statistics, and federal laws demonstrate why the adjudication and response to victimization of Native women and children must be restored to tribal nations. Although the federal system is currently tasked with primary control and power in cases in which Native women and children are victimized in Indian country, true justice and healing will only be possible when the victims can seek accountability within their own judicial systems.

American Indians, rape, law, tribal policy, women, violence

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 31, No. 4 (2004): 17-30.