New York Times article – Native Americans and the Violence Against Women Act: Rape on the Reservation, by Louise Erdrich, an American author of novels, poetry, and children’s books featuring Native American characters and settings.
What seems like dry legislation can leave Native women at the mercy of their predators or provide a slim margin of hope for justice. As a Cheyenne proverb goes, a nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.
If our hearts are on the ground, our country has failed us all. If we are safe, our country is safer.