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

  • Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center 2300 15th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)

Presenter: Patina Park, J.D. Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

Workshop Dates : All workshops are free of charge; they start at 4:00 pm and end at 6:00 pm.

February 1, 2018 Colonization to Reservation

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?

Series Description: 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

Link to series brochure