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The Round House by Louise Erdrich (NEA Big Read)

This guide is designed in support of ASU's NEA Big Read Phoenix programming. Inspired by The Round House by Anishinaabe author Louise Erdrich, the NEA Big Read: Phoenix features over 25 talks, workshops, book clubs, performances, art exhibitons and other

Indigenous-centric resources

A Broken Trust (Newsy Investigation)

Warning: The full-length Video Recording contains explicit language and descriptions of sexual assault.

  • From the award-winning and Emmy-nominated Newsy Investigation team comes A Broken Trust. This piece dives deep into sexual assault in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
  • The group most at risk of rape in America has not been part of the national discussion on sexual assault. More than half of American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, yet these survivors face a unique set of hurdles when they seek justice for an assault on tribal lands.
  • The relationship between the federal government and tribal nations has led to a complex web of laws. Law enforcement on tribal lands is chronically understaffed. Court systems there have limited authority.
  • Newsy spent 18 months investigating what happens to sexual assault cases on two reservations, the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana and the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Documents and dozens of interviews reveal perpetrators allowed to go free with little or no punishment.

Machles, Maren, Carrie Cochran, Angela M. Hill and Suzette Brewer. A Broken Trust: Sexual Assault And Justice On Tribal Lands. Newsy. Sep. 29, 2019.

Jurisdiction - Legal Resources

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.