In the survey of Native American and Alaska Native women, more than half the women — 53 percent — were homeless at the time they answered the questions. When Abigail Echo-Hawk first started her job as director of the Urban Indian Health Institute, she felt compelled to open the bottom drawer of a file cabinet in the corner of her office. Echo-Hawk had stumbled upon a copy of questions from a survey, co-produced by the health institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , documenting experiences of sexual violence among Native-American women living in Seattle. The survey findings alone are shocking: 94 percent of the women interviewed, all of whom identified as American Indian or Alaska Native, reported they had been raped or were coerced into sex at least once in their lives. But also surprising was the fact the survey results had been kept under wraps for six years by the time Echo-Hawk discovered them in her desk in
Nearly every Native American woman in Seattle survey said she was raped or coerced into sex
94 per cent of Native American women say they have been raped or coerced into sex | The Independent
The debate over marriage in American society and the fears expressed by some conservatives that allowing diversity will somehow destroy the institution of marriage is ever evolving. While there appears to be some who feel that there is only one kind of marriage, in reality there are many options regarding marriage. Traditional Native American marriage is one of the unique types that is interesting to explore. First, however, a caution: at the beginning of the European invasion there were several hundred separate and distinct Indian cultures, each with their own view of marriage.
Defining Native American Sexuality
In the National Congress of American Indians found that an estimated 40 percent of women who are victims of sex trafficking identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, or First Nations. Phoenix, Arizona — which has a large Native community — has also been identified as a major jurisdiction for trafficking for sexual exploitation by the US Department of Justice. Accordingly to Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya, a Hopi expert on human trafficking in Indian country, targeting of Native women occurs for several reasons.
The readings from this week exhibit several contrasting views on sex and marriage from various early settlers from England, France, and Spain. Europeans failed to realize that Native Peoples did have rules regulating marriage and sexual intercourse, although the rules were sometimes quite different from their own. For the incoming Europeans, the ability for young, unmarried North Carolinian women to engage in sexual activities with the encouragement of their parents was unheard of.