I Deserve Justice: Native Women From Alaska - 5 Part Series
This September, as world leaders make their way to the United Nations for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, five brave Alaska Native women are traveling to New York to ask the world to assist them in their journey for justice for women.
This series highlights the five women featured in Sliver of a Full Moon, a new play about this journey, at Joe’s Pub at The Public on September 21.
PART 1 - Lynn Hootch
Lynn Hootch is a Yupik Eskimo and an enrolled member of the Alaska Native Village of Emmonak, located in the Yukon Delta Region of southwestern Alaska. Read her statement here.
Born and raised in the village where she still lives and an active community member, Lynn has held numerous elected positions in her community, including Emmonak Tribal Council, Emmonak City Council, Vice Mayor for the Village of Emmonak, member of the Parish Council, and Advisory School Board member. She has also served as an officer and a board member for many women’s organizations in Alaska, including the Alaska Native Women’s Coalition and the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Lynn is a founder of the Emmonak Women’s Shelter, a non-profit, grass roots organization founded in 1979 to increase safety for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of abuse, and to provide emergency shelter and assistance for these women and children.
Lynn currently serves as the Director for the Yupik Women’s Coalition, a regional tribal coalition that raises public awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or dating violence, enhances the response to violence against Native women at the local, state and national levels, and provides technical assistance to other tribes in Alaska to enhance access to essential services for Native women victimized by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Lynn is married and the mother of five beautiful children, three boys and two girls, and a grandmother to two girls who bring life, joy, happiness and love to all.
In 1978, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Oliphant v. Suquamish Indan Tribe, declaring that American Indian Nations could no longer exercise jurisdiction over non-native offenders who commit crimes on tribal lands. Although the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) in March 2013 restores a portion of the jurisdiction that Oliphant stripped away to American Indian Nations, VAWAspecifically excludes 228 federally recognized tribes in Alaska. Consequently, as a result of Section 910 of VAWA 2013, Alaska Native women remain the only group of Native women whose tribal governments cannot protect them. To learn more, read: www.sliverofafullmoon.org