Maze of Injustice

According to a 2007 report by Amnesty International, Native American women are more than 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other women in the United States. A complex maze of tribal, state and federal jurisdictions allows perpetrators to rape with impunity and in some cases even encourages assaults. Tribal prosecutors cannot prosecute crimes committed by non-Native perpetrators. Tribal courts are also prohibited from passing custodial sentences that are in keeping with the seriousness of the crimes of rape or other forms of sexual violence. The maximum prison sentence tribal courts can impose for a crime, including rape, is one year. At the same time, the majority of rape cases on tribal lands that are referred to the federal courts are reportedly never brought to trial. As a consequence Indigenous women are being denied justice. And the perpetrators are going unpunished.

Following the stories of three survivors, this film examines the violent maze in which these women are lost. This project is being produced in association with Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Barbara Kopple.

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