The Dakota Access Pipeline protests have illuminated other health crises among Native American populations, including a persistent lack of reproductive health care for Indigenous women.
Amie Newman, a blogger for Our Bodies Ourselves, argues that the problem originated with colonial sterilization campaigns and continues today with inadequate federal support for Native health services.
This history of discrimination and inequity, she contends, creates an environment that does not support bodily autonomy. Native American women are almost twice as likely to be raped as other American women. And prohibitive regulations, scarce resources, and geographic isolation make contraception, abortion, prenatal care, and preventative treatment for chronic diseases hard to obtain.
Source: Our Bodies Ourselves