Today, due to a complicated system of criminal jurisdiction, non-Native Americans can commit crimes against American Indians with virtual impunity in much of Indian country. This climate of impunity disproportionately affects Native women who are routinely targeted by non-Native men for sexual violence. This lecture will place Louise Erdich’s novel THE ROUNDHOUSE in a contemporary political-legal framework and an historic context. Amy Casselman Hontalas, featured scholar for the 2018 Big Read, will draw meaningful connections between the experiences of the protagonist and the lived experiences of Native women in Indian country today.
This lecture is presented as part of the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.