Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence

May 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-4: Success by Accountability and Assessment, Media Reviews

SHARING OUR STORIES COVEREdited by Sarah Deer, Bonnie Clairmont, Carrie A. Martell, and Maureen L. White Eagle
Altamira Press (2008)

Review by Antonette McDonald

This textbook can educate society about violence against Native women. It is unique because it is about American Indian women and addresses the sociological issues, dynamics of relationships and community, and legal complexities that occur within the framework of violence. Each section of the text covers essential components beginning with a historical overview about the sacredness of women and the social and legal issues of violence. 

Part II is devoted to stories of survival. The impact of the overwhelming “truth” of the stories left a lasting imprint on my soul, and the stories were eerily familiar to me as a Dakota woman. The role of an advocate is covered in Part III.

The final section relates to tribal legal systems and addresses jurisdictional issues, protection orders, divorce and child custody, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the role of probation in providing safety to American Indian women. I highly recommend this textbook for tribal colleges because it advocates social change, which can occur through education and a collective effort.

Antonette McDonald (Spirit Lake Dakota/Arikara) is the vice president of Institutional Planning and Library Services at Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) in Fort Totten, ND. She is a proud mother of four sons and blessed kunsi of one granddaughter. A graduate of Cankdeska Cikana Community College, she completed her B.S. and M.M. degrees at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.

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