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With Tribal Jurisdiction in the Hands of the Supreme Court, Native Women Rally for Their Rights

While protesters on the courthouse steps were united in their resolve to speak out against sexual assault and affirm tribal nations’ inherent ability to protect Native women and children, the feeling inside the building, observers said, was much more uncertain.

While protesters on the courthouse steps were united in their resolve to speak out against sexual assault and affirm tribal nations’ inherent ability to protect Native women and children, the feeling inside the building, observers said, was much more uncertain.

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The Washington Football Team’s Name Feeds Into Violence Against Native Women

Native American women in the United States experience the highest rates of sexual assault in the country. Some of this is clearly the result of sexualizing and devaluing stereotypes white men are still taught about Native women—including Native mascotry.

Native American women experience the highest rates of sexual assault in the country. Some of this is clearly the result of sexualizing and devaluing stereotypes white men are still taught about Native women—including Native mascotry.

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Stoking Fire: The Adoption Movement’s ‘Supply Crunch’

A new report commissioned by Political Research Associates outlines how a drop-off in international adoptions increased demand for domestic adoption, raising questions about how "adoptions from Indian country factor in the equation."

A new report commissioned by Political Research Associates outlines how a drop-off in international adoptions increased demand for domestic adoption, raising questions about how “adoptions from Indian country factor in the equation.”

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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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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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Republicans Vote Against Strengthening Enforcement For Sexual Assault on Native American Women

A bill to help law enforcement investigate sexual assaults and other crimes on Native American land is passed despite the objections of many Republicans.

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Pay It Right

If we’re going to do health care reform we need to do it right — lest we expand the historic failure of government-provided healthcare for Native Americans nationwide.

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Roundup: The Global War on Sex Education

The far right has been waging a war against sex education, contraception and family planning for decades, More than 100 members of congress write Bush on HHS proposal, New gag rule for Indian Health Services, Family planning in the Phillipines, HIV/AIDS in the US South.

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Caught in the Crossfire: Indian Health Services

Passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act has been delayed by anti-abortion politicians, who have proposed restrictions on abortion funding that would discriminate against Native American women.

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