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Sarah Deer: Supporting Native Women

March 7, 2017

Women's History Month features Sarah Deer, an advocate for domestic and sexual violence reform.

Women’s History Month at UMD features Sarah Deer, a law professor and recently named recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Grant.”  Deer will give a talk entitled, “Sovereignty of the Soul: Sexual Violence and Native Women” on Wednesday, March 15 from 4-5:30 pm in UMD’s Kirby Rafters.

Sarah Deer's 2015 book.

Deer is a professor and co-director of the Indian Law Clinic at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul. Minn. Previously she served as a victim advocacy legal specialist and staff attorney at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.

Pat Farrell, associate professor and department head in UMD's Department of Geography, Urban Environment and Sustainability Studies, helped bring Sarah Deer to UMD, She said, "Sarah has done powerful work for Native women and she is drawing national attention to finding ways to address domestic violence."

Deer is a professor and co-director of the Indian Law Clinic at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul. Minn. Previously she served as a victim advocacy legal specialist and staff attorney at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.

A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Deer has applied her extensive knowledge of tribal and federal law to develop policies and legislation that enable to tribal nations to protect Native women from domestic and sexual violence, a longtime and pervasive problem.

Her recent book, The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2015. Deer, who played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, has advocated for cultural and legal reforms to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse.

Deer received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Deer has applied her extensive knowledge of tribal and federal law to develop policies and legislation that enable to tribal nations to protect Native women from domestic and sexual violence, a longtime and pervasive problem.

Her recent book, The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2015. Deer, who played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, has advocated for cultural and legal reforms to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse.

Deer received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

ALL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

Hat Party!
Wednesday, March 1; UMD’s Garage – Kirby Student Center; 11 am
Join us in making the popular pussycat hats worn by many during the Women’s Marches around the world and marches for Planned Parenthood.
Sponsored by WRAC and UMDs Commission for Women

Elected Women Panel 1
Friday, March 3; The Building for Women; 6-7:30 pm
32 E 1st Street, Duluth MN 55812
Sponsored by the Feminist Action Collective

Elected Women Panel 2
Saturday, March 4; The Building for Women: 1-2:30 pm
Sponsored by the Feminist Action Collective

Feminist Book Club
Monday, March 6; The Building for Women: 5 pm
Making Waves: A History of Feminism in Western Society
Sponsored by the Feminist Justice League
The Feminist Justice League meeting will hold their monthly meeting after book club

“It Happens Here” - Domestic Violence Action Day
Tuesday, March 7; Duluth City Hall; Noon – 1 pm
Rally, reading of the femicide report, and a postcard writing action.
Sponsored by Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center

International Women’s Day Wage Parity Picket & March
Wednesday, March 8; Meet at the MN Power Plaza; 5-8 pm
March 8 is International Women's Day. To recognize this important date and the role of women as workers, the Feminist Justice League will be hosting a symbolic 78 minute strike, followed by a march and discussion. 
Sponsored by the Feminist Justice League

Feminist Frolic: Feminist Education in the Outdoors!
Saturday, March 11; Meet at the Superior Public Library;  
5 pm: Labor History Walk
Sponsored by the Feminist Justice League

Sarah Deer – “Sovereignty of the Soul: Sexual Violence in Native America,” native women and sexual violence
Wednesday, March 15; UMD’s Kirby Rafters; 4-5:30 pm
Sponsored by WGSS and WRAC

UMD’s International Women’s Day Celebration
Wednesday, March 15; UMD’s Griggs Center; 6-8 pm 
Sponsored by WRAC

Women’s History Month Film Series – Salt of the Earth Part 1
Monday, March 20; UMD Cina 110H; Noon-1 pm
Sponsored by WGSS and WRAC

Women’s History Month Film Series – Salt of the Earth Part 2
Tuesday, March 21; UMD Cina 110H; Noon-1 pm
Sponsored by WGSS and WRAC

Women’s History Month Film Series – Two Days, One Night Part 1
Wednesday, March 22; UMD Cina 110H; Noon-1 pm
Sponsored by WGSS and WRAC

Happy Birthday Birth Control!
Wednesday March 22; UMD Garden Room; TBD
Come celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Eisenstadt v Baird, which legalized birth control for non-married couples, by hearing a representative from Planned Parenthood discuss the history of Planned Parenthood, as well as the history of birth control and reproductive rights in the United States. There will be cake to celebrate!
Sponsored by WRAC

Feminist Action Collective - Meeting
Wednesday, March 22; Building for Women; 7:30-9 pm

Women’s History Month Film Series – Two Days, One Night Part 2
Thursday, March 23; UMD Cina 110H; Noon – 1 pm
Sponsored by WGSS and WRAC

Women’s History Month Film Series - The Wilmar 8
Friday, March 24, UMD Cina 110H; Noon-1 pm
Sponsored by WGSS and WRAC

"Freedom Burning: Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement,” a presentation by the students and community members who traveled on the 2017 Civil Rights History Spring Break Trip, Monday, March 27, 11 am - 12 pm, UMD’s Kirby Rafters. Sponsored by WGSS.

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