Volume 4: 2003/2004
Christine Zuni-Cruz (Isleta/San Juan Pueblo)
Delilah Tenorio (Pueblo of Santo Domingo)
Georgene Louis (Pueblo of Acoma)
Kwesi Baffoe, Anna Martinez, Dawn Priestman, April Winecke, Natasha Young (Yankton/Ponca)
Law School Support Staff
One of the most destructive problems affecting children in "Indian country" today is sexual abuse. Increasing reports of child sexual abuse and the severe impact this type of crime has on Indian youth and their families have prompted tribal leaders to voice great concern about the impact of this crime on Indian communities.
The protection order has proven to be an effective tool in the war against domestic violence. A protection order, however, is good only so long as it can be enforced, and enforcement has proven to be a problem when a person travels with a protection order to a different jurisdiction.
The right to exist in a world free from violence is a basic tenet in many indigenous cultures and governments. The epidemic of sexual violence perpetrated against Native American women in the United States reflects a fundamental breakdown in the cultural and legal norms that have served to provide protection to Native women from time immemorial.