2019 Keynote Presenter

Keynote Presentation
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 12:15 p.m.

Sarah Deer (a 2014 MacArthur Fellow) is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Currently a professor at the University of Kansas, Deer is also the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals.  Professor Deer has received recognition from the U.S. Department of Justice and the American Bar Association for her work to end violence against Native people.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from her, learn from her, and engage with her at this year’s CAIA Conference!


This keynote presentation will explore both historical and contemporary issues pertaining to Native women and violent crime. Participants will learn about how specific federal laws and policies have endangered the lives of Native women and children.  The presentation will end with some uplifting information about the success of Native women in achieving law reform – providing lessons for everyone interested in ending violence.


Sarah will also host a workshop on Thursday, June 6 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.,

The Role of Allies and Advocates in Ending Violence Against Native Women
This workshop is designed to introduce non-Native allies and advocates to the basic information needed to understand tribal authority and the criminal justice system in Indian country.  Participants will learn about how they can support the movement to end violence against Native women.