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Violence against Native women is a surprise?

November 16th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

From the New West Missoula:

“The 2008 Data Book from Montana Kids Count, which just hit the shelves, is boring and bland, but its informative sections on juvenile justice and the data snapshots of Native American women and children sound alarm bells. Here’s an example. On page 9, in the middle of a chart, is this shocking bit of news: Native women in Montana have an average life expectancy of 64 years, compared to 81 for the general population.”

Sixty-four years!

This reminds me of a great article from the Missoulean last year that detailed the reality of violence against Native women, in particular rape, and how much that affects our life longevity. Living our lives under these horrendous conditions certainly does not bode an equal chance of a long, healthy life.

Unfortunately, this is no surprise to me.

Tags: news flash, race and racism

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