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Sarah Deer (Mvskoke) - Tribal Court Systems

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Sarah Deer, Citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma
Sarah Deer is the 2010 recipient of the Sheila Wellstone Institute Award. Sarah Deer is a committed activist in the movement to end violence against Native women. In 2009, she was hired as an Assistant Professor at William Mitchell College of Law, becoming the 8th woman tenure-track law professor in the United States who is also a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe. Professor Deer's scholarship focuses on the intersection of tribal law and victims' rights. She is also an Instructor of Tribal Legal Studies at UCLA Extension and a former Lecturer in Law at UCLA Law School.
In addition to authoring several articles on the issues facing Native women in the United States, Deer is a co-author of two textbooks on tribal law: Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies and Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure, as well as a co-editor of Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence. In 2007, she received the Susan Estrich Courage Award from the Victims Rights Law Center.