November 18, 2017

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For Native Americans Facing Sexual Assault, Justice Feels Out Of Reach

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Wind River Reservation in Ethete, Wyo., is home to two tribes, the Northern Arapaho and the Eastern Shoshone. The tribes have a history of conflict, but recently passed federal legislation called the Tribal Law and Order Act is motivating them to work together to create a stronger, unified court. Darrah Perez hide caption

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One morning earlier this year, Northern Arapaho member Rose was sitting at the table with her 14-year-old daughter, Latoya.

“I told her to move her hair because she had her hair like this,” said Rose, showing how Latoya pulled her hair over to hide her neck and cheek. “Because I noticed something … she had marks, hickeys, just completely covering her, even almost on her face.”

That’s when Latoya told her mother that she had been forcibly kissed by a woman from another reservation who was six years older. (NPR is using only their middle names because they fear retaliation.)

“At that moment, I saw me in her,” Rose said. She took a deep breath and this time there were tears in her voice. “And there was just nothing I could do for

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