Today, due to a complicated system of criminal jurisdiction, non-Native Americans can commit crimes against American Indians with virtual impunity in much of Indian country (the legal term for American Indian reservations and land held in trust for Native people). This climate of impunity disproportionately affects Native women who are routinely targeted by non-Native men for sexual violence.
The lecture will place Louise Erdich’s novel The Roundhouse in a contemporary political-legal framework and an historic context, and will draw meaningful connections between the experiences of the protagonist and the lived experiences of Native women in Indian country today.
April 10, 12pm – AAUW Luncheon at Ivan’s on the Square (ticketed event): Guest speaker, Amy Casselman Hontalas – Seeking Justice for a Legacy of Violence Against Women in Indian Country Tickets for this event are $20. All proceeds benefit the AAUW Scholarship Fund.
April 10, 3pm – Native Pride Lecture Series: Amy Casselman Hontalas – Seeking Justice for a Legacy of Violence Against Women in Indian Country
April 11, 6pm – Little Free Library Stewards Reception at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (Whitewater) Open to all Little Free Library stewards who wish to network, share ideas, learn more about The Big Read, and pick up free books to stock their LFLs.
April 12, 4:30 – 6pm – Visit the Beloit Public Library for activities celebrating The Birchbark House (for ages 6-12): Decorate/ personalize “skins” with pictographs and create necklaces like the Anishinabe (Ojibwa) people. Construct rock people, share book trivia, and enjoy a book related snack. All materials provided, while supplies last.
April 14, 10am – Coffee and a Book…discussion at Blender Cafe @ the Beloit Public Library
April 14 – Movie Screening sponsored by Andersen Library
April 18, 10am & 11am – Storytime featuring Thunder Boy, Jr. by Alexie Sherman at Beloit Public Library
April 18, 6pm – Mark Denning at Hedberg Library (Janesville)
April 17 – “Try it Tuesday” at Andersen Library
April 19, 6:30-8:00pm – Community Book Bunch at Edgerton Public Library
April 21, 9am-3pm – Edgerton Public Library Storywalk (Thunder Boy, Jr.)
May 1, 4-5pm – Edgerton Public Library Pages & Projects Club (The Birchbark House), a book to art club for school aged children grades 2-5
May 1, 10:30am – Eager Free Public Library book discussion (The Round House).
May 6 – Finale Event at Old World Wisconsin