Native American law professor named as Fellow of MacArthur Foundation

Sarah Deer, a law professor at William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota and a member of the Muscogee Creek Tribe, has been named as one of 21 Fellows of the MacArthur Foundation for 2014 to receive a “genius grant.”  Each Fellow will provided with a grant of $625,000 over a five year period to spend as they wish on work and research.  

Sarah Deer’s focus has been on violent crime on Indian reservations and has documented in academic scholarship the historical and ideological underpinnings of the failure to adequately protect victims of physical and sexual abuse in Indian Country.  She played an instrumental role in the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, as well as testimony which is credited with the 2010 passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act.  

She has stated that she would likely spend the stipend she receives from the MacArthur Foundation on a project involving native women who have been victims of sexual assault.

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