Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 5, 2019

United Nations -- Dine' Jean Whitehorse Documents Forced Sterilization of Native American Women by U.S. Government

Photo at UN courtesy of Yvonne Swan

The United States Government Carried out Forced Sterilization of Native Women from 1960 to 1978

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

NEW YORK -- During the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Jean Whitehorse, Dine', spoke of the forced sterilization of Native American women.
Sharing her own story, Jean exposed how the United States government carried out forced sterilization on Native women from 1960 to 1978.
Jean described how mothers are the life givers and hold a special place in society.
Jean exposed the United States' Eugenic policy of the elimination of targeted peoples with forced  sterilization.
Jean stated that forced sterilization is a crime against humanity as stated by the International Criminal Court.
In the U.S., as many as 70,000 Native women were the victims of forced or coerced sterilization by the Indian Healtth Service and prvately contracted physicians between 1960 and 1978 Jean told the full session.
During the presentation by AIM West at the United Nations in New York, Jean also showed the film Ama, which means 'mother' in Dine', at a U.N. side event.
The new film exposes the forced sterilization. Jean shares her personal story in the film Ama.
In Jean's request to the UN, Jean requests an apology from the U.S. government to Native women.  She requested that the UN carry out a global survey of forced sterilization and its impacts.
Watch the trailer for Ama below and read her UN presentation.
Prior to the making of the new film, AIM West shared Jean's story at its annual convention in San Francisco.
Jean's presentation at AIM West was broadcast live, with video, by Earthcycles and Censored News.
Watch Ama trailer:

Watch Jean's interview at AIM West in 2013 by Censored News at:

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