One in three Native American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. They also go missing and are murdered at an alarmingly high rate.
Adria Brown, a graduate student at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, hopes to address the crisis in both her work and her activism. As a social worker, Brown plans to serve Native American women as a policy advocate. And as a member of the American Indian Student Association, she is raising awareness through events like Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which takes place Monday, Oct. 8.