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  • Next Deadline: May 7, 2018 (11:59 pm Eastern)

  • Gaps in federal law pose challenges in addressing sexual harassment, discrimination, assault in Native America

    Rebecca Clarren dug through databases and tribal court files for her report, co-written with Jason Begay, on sexual discrimination, harassment and assault in tribal workplaces. ¬†Their piece for the InvestigateWest, “Confronting the ‘Native Harvey Weinsteins,'” which was also run by The Nation, showed the challenges in investigating such violations.¬†Part of the problem, Clarren and Begay report, stems from the the federal government’s decision to exempt tribes from the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Fewer than twenty tribes have created their own legal codes to fill this void.

    Navajo Nation Council member Amber Crotty, in photo, stunned her colleagues in a 2016 speech that spotlighted sexual harassment on her reservation. (Photo courtesy of Amber Crotty.)

    [Funding for this project was provided by the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.]