By Irene S. Vernon
During the last 5 centuries, waves of illnesses have ravaged and occasionally annihilated local American groups. the newest of those silent killers is HIV/AIDS. the 1st publication to element the devastating influence of the disorder on local americans, Killing Us Quietly totally and minutely examines the epidemic and its social and cultural results between 3 teams in 3 geographical parts. via a chain of private narratives, the publication additionally vividly conveys the poor person and emotional toll the ailment is taking over local lives. Exploring local city, reservation, and rural views, in addition to the viewpoints of local early life, girls, homosexual or bisexual males, this examine combines statistics, local demography and histories, and profiles of local companies to supply a extensive figuring out of HIV/AIDS between local american citizens. The booklet confronts the original fiscal and political conditions and cultural practices that may motivate the unfold of the sickness in local settings. and maybe most vital, it discusses prevention suggestions and academic resources. A much-needed assessment of a countrywide calamity, Killing Us Quietly is a vital source for Natives and non-Natives alike.
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15 I am, however, aware that it is not entirely accepted by all Native gay/bisexual men, particularly those who identify themselves through their own tribal terms, yet it allows me to categorize the distinctiveness of their being that is diﬀerent from what is commonly accepted about gay/bisexual men. ’’ 18 Melvin Harrison, director of the Navajo Nation Network, noted that the ‘‘Navajo Nation is generally homophobic . . 20 The increasing homophobia on reservations places many two-spirit men in danger of / because the association of / with homosexual behavior hinders some from getting tested.
In some cases language is a barrier. 72 In this case the prevention specialist chose the best approach: to involve the community in ﬁnding culturally appropriate ways to discuss issues around /. Understanding the community is critical for eﬀective / intervention and prevention. Native organizations, agencies, and university researchers use a variety of methods and recommendations for conducting / community assessments. The National Native American Prevention organization helps tribes conduct need assessments.
53 Unsafe sex under such conditions is reported by many twospirit men. ’’ 55 The Friendship House Association of American Indians, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in San Francisco, has found that the majority of the Native two-spirit men they serve are alcoholics, and many engage in unprotected sex while under the inﬂuence. Many of their clientele also lived on the street as indigents, worked as prostitutes, and had multiple sexual partners. 56 In an eﬀort to confront the issues facing two-spirit men, the Friendship House has incorporated a holistic approach to alcohol and substance abuse recovery, and includes / prevention in the recovery curriculum.