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Native American Studies

A guide for to assist with research on Native American histories, cultures, and communities.

Violence Against Indigenous People


The Importance of Data Collection for Violence Against Native American/Alaska Native Women-The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change. NSVRC also works with the media to promote informed reporting. For too long, laws and policies in the United States have denied Indigenous women the basic human rights of bodily autonomy, self-advocacy, and justice -- all of which they are entitled to as a basic human right. The ripple effects of this long-standing abuse, mainstream ambivalence toward the problem, and lack of accountability for these crimes can still be felt today.

We Need Accountability for Those Who Commit Violence Against Native Women-American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Law enforcement must be held accountable when officers abuse their authority to sexually assault the very people they are sworn to protect.

Federal Law Enforcement Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against American Indians and Alaska Natives, Including to Address Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons-Department of Justice and Department of Interior
This report is an important—but far from final—step in DOJ’s and DOI’s efforts to better promote public safety in Tribal communities. Their work will continue to be informed by important legislation like Savanna’s Act, the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act of 2022, and the Not Invisible Act.

Not Invisible Act Commission
The Commission’s purpose is to make recommendations to the Department of the Interior and Department of Justice to improve intergovernmental coordination and establish best practices for state-tribal-federal law enforcement to combat the epidemic of missing persons, murder, and trafficking of Native Americans and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs).

Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative
Between 1819 through the 1970s, the United States implemented policies establishing and supporting Indian boarding schools across the nation. The purpose of federal Indian boarding schools was to culturally assimilate American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian children by forcibly removing them from their families, communities, languages, religions and cultural beliefs. While children attended federal boarding schools, many endured physical and emotional abuse and, in some cases, died.
In June 2021, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, a comprehensive effort to recognize the troubled legacy of federal Indian boarding school policies with the goal of addressing their intergenerational impact and to shed light on the traumas of the past.

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS)
This is the first and only national organization whose purpose is to advocate on behalf of Native peoples impacted by U.S. Indian boarding school policies. We seek truth through education and research, justice through activism and policy advocacy, and healing through programs and traditional gatherings.