Living at the intersection of multiple identities in the United States can be dangerous. This is especially true for Native women who live on the more than 56 million acres that comprise America's Indian Country - the legal term for American Indian reservations and other land held in trust for Native people. Today, due to a complicated system of criminal jurisdiction, n-Native Americans can commit crimes against American Indians in much of Indian Country with virtual impunity. This has created what some call a modern day hunting ground in which Native women are specifically targeted by n-Native men for sexual violence. In this urgent and timely book, author Amy L. Casselman exposes the shameful truth of how the American government has systematically divested Native nations of the basic right to protect the people in their own communities. A problem over 200 years in the making, Casselman highlights race and gender in federal law to challenge the argument that violence against Native women in Indian country is simply collateral damage from a complex but necessary legal structure. Instead, she demonstrates that what's happening in Indian country is part of a violent colonial legacy - one that has always relied on legal and sexual violence to disempower Native communities as a whole.
Amy L. Casselman is an adjunct professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, California State University Stanislaus, and Laney College. She holds a M.A. in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor's degree in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to her career in academia, Casselman was a Case Worker for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California where she provided support services for Native children and families.