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Restoring Native Safety, Self-Determination, and Tribal Sovereignty
The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center's STAR (small, tribal, and rural) Justice Series highlights criminal justice issues that impact STAR communities across the United States.

Ms. Nagle discusses the right of Native women to be safe in their own homes and explains why advocates for Native women are focused on restoring tribal sovereignty. For Native women in the United States, tribal sovereignty and personal safety are inextricably linked. Police failures to investigate and solve the cases of missing and murdered Native women and girls inflict their own violence on already marginalized Native communities. And when Native women are raped and murdered in their own homes, their local governments lack the power to prosecute their assailants. Drawing on her legal background, Ms. Nagle argues that tribal jurisdiction must include the right to prosecute violent crimes committed against Native women on Native land.
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