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Inside the Pilot Project That Grants Tribal Authority Over Domestic Violence Cases

Umatilla County, Oregon

As of February 20, three federally recognized tribes have the power to arrest and prosecute non-Natives who assault Native intimate partners, under a pilot project to test a historic expansion of special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction.

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New Film Tackles South Dakota ‘Battle of the Abortion Ban’

Sunny Clifford (far right) with two other young women from her reservation.

Young Lakota chronicles the story of Cecelia Fire Thunder, who, after South Dakota passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion measure in 2006, proposed what seemed to be a neat workaround: open an abortion-providing Planned Parenthood on her property on the Oglala Lakota reservation.

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Native American Youth Work To Prevent STDs Through Peer Education

Young Native American women at The Gathering of Nations, the largest Native American Pow Wow in North America, taking place at the University of New Mexico on April 24, 2010 in Albuquerque.

As a young person from the same Native American communities as my students, I find it more and more culturally relevant that our younger generation educate each other.

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House Vote on Violence Against Women Act Comes on Last Day of Teen Violence Prevention Month

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) today, the final day of Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) today, the final day of Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. So what’s at stake for youth?

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No Plan B: Why Is the Indian Health Service Denying Native American Women Access to Emergency Contraception?

Donna House, 58, left, participates in a forum on access to emergency contraception. (Russell Contreras/AP)

Native American women don’t have access to emergency contraception despite repeated requests by women’s groups to the Indian Health Service. Everyone from the IHS to the Department of the Interior to Senators to the White House is involved in the decision, but no one appears to be taking responsiblity. How much longer do Native women have to wait?

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Forget “Having it All”: What About Just Having Access to Plan B?

In the battle over emergency contraception access, corporate interests win out over public health.

It is an outrage that not only may it be difficult to physically access Plan B but also lack of information regarding emergency contraceptives can serve as an obstacle for young women who have been sexually assaulted. 

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Time is Running Out to Re-Authorize the Violence Against Women Act

Activists rally on Capitol Hill June 26, 2012 for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act / Getty Images

Originally passed in 1994, VAWA has been consistently reauthorized and improved with broad bipartisan support. This year, however, the far right wing in the House is insisting on leaving specific groups of women unprotected. Why?

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Love and Violence: For Too Many American Women, Life is Not a Bed of Roses

On Valentine’s Day, lucky American women will receive roses as a show of affection. But for too many, violence, intimidation, and abuse are the norm.

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Afternoon Roundup: Study Finds No Higher Risk of Mental Health Issues Post Abortion

Republican anti-choice legislators continue to introduce time and money wasting measures like the “Life At Conception Act” which have no chance of passing; lady health workers in Pakistan; another study which finds abortion does not carry a higher risk of mental health problems; and sexual violence against Native American women on reservations.

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Separate And Unequal: How Abortion Bans Exacerbate Discrimination

The Hyde Amendment banning federal funds for abortion care discriminates against low income women and women of color. But is far from the only ban that discriminates against women of color and low-income women.

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