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Book Club: The Round House by Louise Erdrich




Winner of the National Book Award, The Round House has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird because of its young narrator and the powerful portrayals of individuals seeking justice.

The novel describes the problem that Native people on reservations have faced regarding legal jurisdiction over non-native perpetrators of violence. We will discuss the current status of efforts to address this problem and its historic impact on Native communities. We will also discuss the tension between Native spirituality and the Catholic Church which is an important issue throughout the novel, providing us with an opportunity to discuss the particular painful historical relationship between Native communities and the church and the ambivalence which remains for many people.

Discussion Participants:

Elena Giacci, Sarah Deer, JD, Dr. Donald Clark,
and Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune

Watch a Recording of the Online Discussion:

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    American Indians are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes compared to all other races, and one in three Indian women reports having been raped during her lifetime. (US Department of Justice:


Wiya Luta Training Information from Elena Giacci (PDF)

Publisher's Readers Guide to The Round House (PDF)

Facts on Violence Against American Indian/Alaskan Native Women (PDF)

Amnesty International Report Maze of Injustice: Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Women in the US

List of Organizations and Resources Addressing Violence Against American Indian/Native American/Alaskan Native Women

NY TIMES: Rape on the Reservation by Louise Erdrich

4 Things You Need to Know About Jurisdiction in Indian Country to Help End Sexual Violence

National Institute of Justice Research Report (May, 2016): Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (PDF)

An ABC Handbook for Native Girls: What to Do When You’re Raped (PDF)

BOOK: The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America by Sarah Deer


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Questions? Ideas? Responses to The Round House?

Posted by Sarah Butler at May 23, 2016 06:57 PM
You can submit your questions or reflections about The Round House here! We'd love to know what aspects of the book you'd like to discuss.


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