Hearing Their Voices: The Persistence of Violence Against Native American Women and Girls

Presented by Patina Park, J.D. Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center.

Violence against Native women and girls has been part of the history of this continent since first contact. The legal, social, and moral history with Indigenous women and girls in this country has cultivated a modern environment where 1 in 3 Native American women are raped in their lifetime and are 2.5 times more likely to be raped than women in general in the United States. Jurisdictional difficulties also exist in a state/tribal/federal system which make prosecution and ensuring safety extremely difficult.

This workshop series will show how the past has framed the way dominant culture views Native women and girls in modern times and how it is connected to violence and argue that until the United States reconciles the violent history with the Indigenous people and fixes the jurisdictional gaps in Indian Country, violence against Indigenous women and girls will only continue.

Series Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the historical experience of colonization and its impact on violence against Indigenous women and girls
  • Learn the jurisdictional challenges that exist in Indian Country based on court decisions and federal law grounded in genocide or erasure of Indigenous peoples
  • Identify solutions to the legal jurisdictional problems
Light refreshments only will be served

Registration by Email or Phone

  • Jo Lightfeather - jlightfeather@miwrc.org 612.728.2031
  • Randy Vickers - rvickers@miwrc.org | 612.728.2029
Registration costs nothing. Those interested can register for all four or any of the four workshops at one time. Or you can contact us to register at your convenience

February 1, 2018 Colonization to Reservation watch the video
March 2, 2018 Allotment to Indian Reorganization Act
April 2, 2018 Termination to Self-determination
May 3, 2018 The 21st Century. Where do we go from here?
4:00pm to 6:00pm
2300 15th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55404