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Gendered Violence and Tribal Jurisdiction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 May 2018

Sarah Deer*
Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, School of Public Affairs and Administration and School of Law, University of Kansas
*Corresponding author: Professor Sarah Deer, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas, 1541 Lilac Lane, Lawrence KS 66045. E-mail:


Exciting changes are happening in criminal jurisdiction in Indian country at the national level. Due in large part to activism on the part of Native women, Congress has attempted to improve criminal justice on tribal lands. The reforms do not go far enough, however, and many of the recent legal changes have not yet been challenged in the federal courts. This article will preview many of the legal issues likely to ignite a firestorm of litigation and lobbying around issues of crime in Indian country. This article will also wrestle with the difficult question of whether tribal nations should adopt or sustain the typical carceral law and order model used by Anglo-American governments. In an effort to take advantage of the changes in federal law, tribal nations are explicitly required to comply with certain Anglo-American norms. The risks and rewards of such adherence will also be explored.

Policies, Politics, and the Plight of Race and Ethnic Groups
Copyright © Hutchins Center for African and African American Research 2018 

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