Author: Luana Ross
Tiltle: Inventing the Savage
Table of Contents/Outline:
PART I Colonization and the Social Construction of Deviance 9
One World Collide: New Worlds, New Indians 11
Two Racializing Montana: The Creation of "Bad Indians" Continues 34
PART II Creating Dangerous Woman: Narratives of Imprisoned Native
American and White Woman 73
Three Prisoner Profile: Past & Present 75
Four Lives Dictated by Violence 92
Five Experiences of Woman in Prison: "They Keep Me at a Level Where
They can Control Me" 108
Six Rehabilitation or Control: "What are they trying to do? Destroy me?" 127
Seven Prison Subculture: "It's all a game it doesn't make sense to me?" 152
Eight Motherhood Imprisoned: Images and concerns of imprisoned
Nine Double Punishment: Weak Institutional Support for
Imprisoned Mothers 192
This book is based on the Native American criminalizing on a racial and colonized approach. Many of the Native American Woman are facing abuse and violence prior to their imprisonment and usually create them to become incarcerated. They experience racism and cultural shock while in prison and face abuse and violence with their "rehabilitation" process of the prisons. Many women bare their children in the prison systems and there are concerns of stability for the family, the child, etc. They usually have child services and adoption in place for the imprisoned mothers. Many of the woman were wrongly convicted, which was a part our colonialism in history as well.
How is this similar or different for the Maskwacis Plains Cree?
I believe we are still looked upon as criminals and are targeted by the RCMP here in Canada. It's not only in Maskwascis where we face the same stereotype.
Many of our people in Maskwacis are incarcerated due to the colonial times of the residential effect. Many of our aboriginal people have not healed from this genocide and are looked upon as the "Bad Indian", the "Drunken Indian". We all across the North America have the same stories and history of the brutality of the government.