The risks of change in Native villages creates social and economic stresses which overcome some families, especially women and children. Many communities experiencing rapid change have developed local police and shelters for the safety of women and children.
There are the risks of increased access to Native villages. Many outsiders now travel to and live in Native villages. And many families have left the villages and become urban Natives. Both of these trends are accompanied by exposure to the criminal elements of human slave trafficking.
Climate change and relocation of villages away from the land and water Natives have known for centuries adds additional heat to all of the risks above. The stress of village relocation is just now starting in villages like Newtok, Shishmaref, and Kivalina.
Here Native journalists and villagers report safety problems and share solutions. The best solutions are coming from Native communities. Taken together there is hope that the worst safety problems have solutions.