To the Indigenous Woman
A Poem written, performed and directed by Ryan Red Corn.
Native women are murdered at 10 times the national rate; 1 out 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and 3 out of 5 physically assaulted. Even worse, 88% of the perpetrators are non-Indian and cannot be prosecuted by tribal governments.
Finally, while I don’t agree with the idea that we need to work with colonial power to produce change (these are the people and power structures who 519 years have tried to exterminate us and steal our land), this is still a powerful statement about just how fucked our people have become as we have internalized colonial society’s social values and colonialism’s brutal violence.