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Linda Thompson, director of the victim assistance program at Spirit Lake and executive director of the First Nations Woman's Alliance, makes a point during a breakout session Wednesday at a two-day conference in Grand Forks dealing with trauma and violence on Lakota Indians.

Echoes of historical trauma: Effects of centuries of loss can hamper recovery from violence

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GRAND FORKS -- People who want to help American Indian victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and other crimes need to understand the deep, lingering effects of "historical trauma" suffered by Indians generally, a victim advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation told participants in a conference in Grand Forks on Wednesday.

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