Symposium: Confronting Violence Against Indigenous Women & Peoples

The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society are co-sponsoring the virtual law journal symposium that will discuss the violence Indigenous women and people face and countermeasures to said violence. The symposium will be held on Zoom Webinar. Attendee Zoom information will be emailed to registered attendees at a later date; please register in order to receive the Zoom information.

The settler-colonial origins of the United States of America began with the genocide of Indigenous peoples. These beginnings, unfortunately, have persisted today in many forms. Indigenous peoples of all walks of life are affected by increased rates of violence compared to others. A 2016 federal report concluded over 80% of Native women will experience some form of violent crime in their lives, and over 56% will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetimes. A 2010 survey concluded nearly 1 in 3 LGBT Natives reported experiencing hate violence.

The virtual symposium will feature research and papers discussing the various forms of violence Indigenous people face and countermeasures that may be taken to protect Indigenous people from said violence.

On July 2, 2020, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force’s launch to help reduce the violence and trafficking perpetrated on Indigenous women in Wisconsin. The symposium seeks to contribute to this action and other actions taken within the community. The virtual event hopes to aid more voices and perspectives on the need to protect all Indigenous peoples through meaningful action.

Confronting Violence Against Indigenous Women and Peoples Symposium

The virtual law journal symposium will discuss the violence Indigenous women and people face and countermeasures to said violence.

Sat, February 6, 2021

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CST

Please indicate registration via Eventbrite required for the zoom link and for any more information please visit our Facebook page @WJLGSSymposium2021.


Saturday, February 6, 2021

10:00 am CT : Journal Welcome & Welcome Song given by Madtown Singers

10:15 – 10:35 am : Opening Address – Representative Stephanie M. Begay, Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature

10:35 – 12:05 pm : Accessible Strategies to Confront Societal and State Violence

  • A National Truth Commission for Native Americans – Professor Sara L. Ochs, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
  • Jurisdictional Transparency and Native American Women – Emily Mendoza, Colorado Supreme Court, Clerk
  • Raping Indian Country – Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

12:05 – 12:10 pm : Break

12:10 – 1:10 pm : When Justice Does Not Work: A Solution Focused Approach to Violence Against Native Women in Indian Country

  • Professor Melissa Tehee, Utah State University
  • Devon Isaacs, Utah State University, PhD candidate
  • Racheal Killgore, Utah State University, PhD candidate
  • Sallie Mack, Utah State University, PhD candidate
  • Erica Ficklin, American Psychological Association, Minority Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Predoctoral Fellow

1:10 – 1:15 pm : Break

1:15 – 1:35 pm : Closing Address – Justice Tricia Zunker, Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court

1:35pm CT : Journal Closing

State Bar of Wisconsin CLE approval pending for 3.5 credits.

Please email the Symposium Editor at if you have any questions.