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The Beginning and End of RapeConfronting Sexual Violence in Native America$
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Sarah Deer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696314

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696314.001.0001

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The Enigma of Federal Reform

The Enigma of Federal Reform

The Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act

(p.92) Seven The Enigma of Federal Reform
The Beginning and End of Rape

Sarah Deer

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on a discussion of contemporary policy and potential reform. It provides detailed information about recent federal reform in the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the reauthorization in 2013 of the Violence Against Women Act. These reforms, largely spearheaded by grassroots Native women activists, present a new era in federal–tribal relations and provide a starting point for full reform. While many tribal-sovereignty activists may reject engagement with the federal systems that created the problems they seek to address, it argues the case for working with the federal government to reform a system that has been deeply damaged by the failure to include tribal perspectives.

Keywords:   Contemporary, policy, reform, Tribal Law and Order Act, Violence Against Women Act, Native women, activists, federal–tribal relations, federal government

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