The rate at which American Indians are victims of violent crime greatly exceeds that of every other racial group. In fact, from 1992 to 2012, American Indians were victims of violence at more than twice the rate experienced by whites, blacks or Latinos during the same period. And this violence is not just taking place on reservations, where less than one-quarter of American Indians currently live: These crimes are taking place in the suburbs, in urban locations, and across the nation. Yet this deeply tragic story is largely overlooked by mainstream media, academic journals and government publications.
What can be done to raise awareness about this epidemic of violent crime victimization? How can Native American victims of violent crimes best be served and assisted? What resources are needed?
Our expert panel members will address these issues, along with your questions and comments.
- Callie Marie Rennison, Professor, School of Public Affairs, CU Denver
- Lisa M. Calderón, Director, Community Reentry Project
- Daryle Conquering Bear Crow, Commissioner, Denver American Indian Commission
- Sasha Hutchings, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
- Deborah Esquibel Hunt, Director, American Indian Student Services, CU Denver
When: 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, October 9, 2015
Where: Terrace Room (2nd floor), 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver, or follow a livestream of the event.
Admission: Free – but space is limited! Please RSVP to attend in person.
A hot breakfast will be provided.