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According to the National Institute of Justice (2016), 84% of American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime, more than half of whom experienced sexual violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women between the ages of 10 and 24 years and the fifth leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native women between the ages of 25 and 34. In 2016, the National Crime Information Center reported nearly 6,000 cases of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls, but the U.S. Department of Justice was tracking only about 100 cases. According to Dr. Renee Gralewicz, the Oct. 14 "Thursdays at the U" presenter, these types of violence suffered by indigenous women are not accidental; they happen by design. The lecture will offer a short history of U.S.-Indigenous relationships and how components of those continue to affect lives in the present. Gralewicz will conclude with actions currently being taken by both grassroots organizations and the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force, of which she is a member. Gralewicz is an enrolled member of and Peacemaker for the Brothertown Indian Nation and also a descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans. Her journey started in Milwaukee, but a tour with the U.S. Army led her to sites and cultures around the globe. She retired as a Major, earned a Ph.D. in anthropology and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research with Canadian First Nations. After retiring (again, this time from more than 20 years of university teaching), Renee's interests are now centered on issues related to missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and two-spirit peoples.


Oct 14 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
UW-Eau Claire – Barron County