Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Education


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Grace Telesco

Committee Member

Marcelo Castro

Committee Member

James Pann


Native American female, law enforcement, Indian Reservation, Indian land


To address this problem, this study will explore, if at all, the differences and relationships between Native American women’s reluctance to report a violent crime to the police with their perception of police, previous interactions with police, prior victimization, tribal affiliation, and specific demographic factors. The population for this research will be Native American women from federally recognized tribes between 18 and 55 years of age. In addition, the participant's marital status, sexual affiliation, religion, level of education, and geographic location will be examined. From this population, a sample size of 500 - 600 participants will be constructed for this study. The data will be collected, transcribed, and analyzed. The study will use a quantitative approach to analyze the data to determine the possible differences and relationships between Native American women in Oklahoma and on Indian Lands to report violent crimes to police.