Sisters Rising: Ending Violence Against Native American Women

Sisters Rising features six Native American women who are fighting back against systemic violence against their sisters.

Four out of five Native American women have experienced violence. One out of three will be raped. Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women. Most of the perpetrators are non-Native men. A federal statute disallows Native Americans from prosecuting acts of violence against Native Americans that occur on tribal land—a dirty little trick non-Native men know about.

This story is set in the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota, which includes three affiliated tribes: Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations.

The six inspiring sisters are:

Dawn White

Sarah Deer

Loreline Lacroix

Lisa Brunner

Chalsey Snyder

Patty Stonefish

The documentary is produced, directed and shot by Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck. The soundtrack is by Allison Leialoha Milham. (I’m a big fan of music composed for movies of many ilks.)

Sisters Rising is a disturbing, powerful film that shines a light on systemic violence against Native American women—and seeds hope via the empowerment of sisters by sisters.

You can support efforts to end the violence by contributing to:

Stronghearts Native Hotline

White Buffalo Calf Women’s Society

Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence

You can support the vitally important dissemination of Sisters Rising by a tax-deductible donation to fiscal sponsor Women Make Movies.




(Photo of Executive Producer Tantoo Cardinal courtesy of ‘Sisters Rising’)

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