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By Imani Stephens
Cronkite News 

Native American student teaches self-defense

 

Last updated 4/5/2019 at 2:38pm

Meg Potter/Cronkite News

Members of the Native American Club at Westwood High School in Mesa learn ways to protect themselves from violence, which an estimated 80 percent of Native women are likely to experience in their lifetimes.

MESA-With kicks, blocks and twists of the wrist, 16-year-old Kylie Hunts-in-Winter is teaching Native American boys and girls to stay safe.

Her defense classes have a mission: to keep more indigenous women and girls from disappearing and dying. An estimated 500 have been lost to violence over the past decades, but experts said the number is under-reported.

"Native women are more likely to be a target of attacks and will need to defend themselves more," Hunts-in-Winter said as she taught members of the Native American Club at Westwood High School.

Hunts-in-Winter, a member of the Standing Ro...



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