The 7th Annual RESTORING THE SACRED TRAILS OF OUR GRANDMOTHERS:
SEEKING SOLUTIONS TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition with
Mille Lacs Band Family Violence Prevention Program welcomes you!
April 29, 2013 9am – 5pm
Evening Activity: 7pm-10pm
April 30, 2013 9am – 5pm
Traditional Pow-Wow to honor Survivors: 7pm-10pm
May 1, 2013 9am –Noon
Grand Casino Hinckley
777 Lady Luck Drive Hinckley, MN 55037
Group hotel rate is $49 per night.
To make reservations, call 1-800-472-6321 and reference GROUP:
Minnesota Indian Woman Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) to get the discounted rates on or before Monday, April 8, 2013.
Registration Deadline April 8, 2013
Registration, Scholarship, or Vendor Forms please contact Cristine
or the MIWSAC office 651-646-4800 or
****THERE IS NO CONFERENCE FEE FOR THIS EVENT ****
~~~2013 MIWSAC Dates to Remember~~~
Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition can provide limited
scholarships to Members to cover mileage and lodging to participate in
coalition meetings. Mileage is reimbursed at a rate of $.50 per mile.
Expense forms for reimbursement will be available at the meeting. We are
asking members to ask their organization to help cover reimbursement
costs as MIWSAC funds are very limited.
April 29th –May 1st, 2013 7th Annual Conference - Hinckley
May 23rd- 24th, 2013 Coalition Meeting - Shakopee
June 2013 9th Annual Native Youth Girls Retreat _TBA
August 22nd- 23rd, 2013 Coalition Meeting - Prairie Island
October 17th – 18th, 2013 Annual Meeting - Duluth
Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota
Contact: Nicole Matthews,
• 651/646-4800 or 651/442-3253
WHAT: Public release of the ground-breaking report
Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota.
Based on personal interviews and stories of 105 Native women in the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Bemidji, the study of prostitution and trafficking of Native women in Minnesota has been released by the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) and Prostitution Research & Education. The report was produced with generous support from the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, and Tides Foundation.
Garden of Truth is a study detailing the personal experiences of Native women who have been prostituted and trafficked in Minnesota. Following on the 2009 report, Shattered Hearts: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of American Indian Women and Girls in Minnesota by the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, and the 2008 Sex Trafficking Needs Assessment for the State of Minnesota by Advocates for Human Rights, the new Garden of Truth study provides powerful personal accounts of violence, poverty, survival, and strength by Native women themselves. The 105 women interviewed for the report describe extreme and frequent violence including child sexual abuse, rape, beatings, and traumatic brain injuries, with a majority experiencing symptoms of PTSD. 98% of the women have been homeless and 92% want to escape prostitution but believe they have no other options. The study authors stress that these women's strengths as well as their vulnerabilities must be seen in the context of a history of systematic harm to Native people, racism, poverty, and a lack of housing, healthcare, job, and educational opportunities.
1619 Dayton Ave. Suite 303 St. Paul, MN. 55104
The Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) is a statewide tribal coalition with individual and program membership from across the state. MIWSAC was founded in October of 2001 through funding from the US Departmentof Justice, Violence Against Women Office. MIWSAC incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization in 2004. As one of 22 Tribal Coalitions around the country formed to address sexual assault and domestic violence in American Indian Communities, we focus specifically on ending and preventing sexual violence.
Toll Free: 1-877-995-4800
Our statewide membership is comprised of American Indian and Alaska Native women and allies who bring with them extensive cultural knowledge and long
histories of working in sexual assault and/or domestic violence programs. They are the heart of our Coalition and provides direction in our strategic planning,
goal setting, and all other major programmatic decision making. This collective decision making reflects our tribal values and strengthens the vision of the work we do on behalf of all survivors. MIWSAC strives to reclaim the traditional values that honor the sovereignty of our women and children by incorporating culture and spirituality into every aspect of program operations.
One in Three
A US Department of Justice study concluded that 31.4% of American Indian and Alaska Native women-- or more than 1 in 3-- will be raped during their lifetime. Amnesty Internationals interviews with women across Indian country found that most could not think of a woman within their community who had not been subjected to sexual violence.
Amnesty International: Maze of Injustice, 2006