Seeking Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Elizabeth Rule, an expert in Indigenous studies, will discuss gender violence against Native American women and methods for its prevention. The event, “Seeking Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women,” will take place Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, 360 W. Louther St. The event is free and open to the public. Face coverings are required.
Rule will discuss the legacy of violence against Indigenous women and how settler and colonial sentiments have led to higher rates of violence against Native American women compared to other racial groups. Rule will also examine social initiatives, legislation, and task forces that are emerging to prevent such violence and protect Indigenous women from assault and murder. She will also discuss the role individuals can play in becoming allies for Native American justice. There will be a traditional Native American healing jingle dance following Rule’s presentation.
Rule is an assistant professor of critical race, gender, and cultural studies at American University. She is also an active member of the Indigenous community as a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Her research has been featured by The Washington Post, The Atlantic and on NPR. Rule has two forthcoming books, “Reproducing Resistance: Gendered Violence and Indigenous Nationhood” and “Indigenous DC: Native People and the Nation’s Capital.” Prior to working at American University, Rule was the director of the Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy and faculty in residence at George Washington University.