Violence against Native American women has been an issue for centuries in the United States. Europeans arrived in the Americas in the 1400s and immediately changed the traditional way of Native American life. Because of this, Native American women were no longer respected in their communities and often subjected to violence. Before Europeans came to the Americas, Native women controlled everything in their communities. Indigenous communities operated under matrilineal culture. Under European influence, native tribes started operating under patrilineal culture, which also contributed to the way native women were treated differently over the years. As the respect for Native women started to dwindle, they experienced violence through boarding schools, sterilization, sexual violence, man camps, and murder.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-1-2023


Tara Sexton

Mentor Department Affiliation

Justice Studies

Access Options

Closed Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Justice Studies