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Violence against Native women Nov. 10

November 7, 2009

Native women have the highest rates of sexual violence of any other group. They are stalked, battered and victimized at much greater rates than other women in the U.S. Currently, the federal government has jurisdiction over violent crimes in most tribal communities, but entrusts responsibility to tribes. This session will explore the role of the state in this critical yet invisible epidemic.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5 p.m
Lory Student Center
Grey Rock Room

A talk titled, "What Trust Responsibility? Violence Against Native Women & Children," will be given on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in connection with Native American Awareness Month.

The role of the state 

Roe Bubar (at right), a CSU Ethnic Studies professor, and Ron Hall, Director of the Tribal Technical Assistance Program, will speak about the sexual violence that occurs against Native women and children, and the role the United States Supreme Court and Congress play in the issue.

Native women have the highest rates of sexual violence of any other group. They are stalked, battered and victimized at much greater rates than other women in the U.S. Currently, the federal government has jurisdiction over violent crimes in most tribal communities, but entrusts responsibility to tribes. This session will explore the role of the state in this critical yet invisible epidemic. 

What is the "Trust Responsibility?"

Trust responsibilty refers to the duty the United States government has to the Tribal Nations to protect tribal sovereignty and tribal resources. The U.S. government also has a responsibility in overseeing issues of criminal justice with regards to major crimes.

This presentation looks at the role of the Supreme Court, the federal government, and Congress in the provision of safety in tribal communities -- particularly as it relates to sexual violence against Native women and children.

The celebration of
Native American Awareness Month during November at Colorado State University includes a variety of activities and programs.


Contact: Ty Smith
E-mail: tyrone.smith@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-1332