Action Opportunity: Fundraiser to Elevate Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Mysti Babineau testifies for the bill earlier this year. Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein sits to her right.

The Minnesota Legislature passed a bill this year to create a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s (MMIW) Task Force, an important step and yet a baby step to address the abuse and disappearance of indigenous women and girls.

Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL_New Brighton) carried the bill for the past two years, and citizen advocate Mysti Babineau of Red Lake provided a lot of energy to get it passed. The Task Force will collect data and “dig into the underlying factors and systemic causes that explain why higher levels of violence occur against Native American women,” MPR reported.

Babineau has started a GoFundMe page to make sure this issue continues to get the attention it deserves.

It says:

There is a group of individuals who are planning an event to celebrate the passage of this historic legislation and honor those whose names we hold in our hearts.

We would like to collect stories to make sure the task force hears them. We would like supportive service groups/organizations on site to talk to the community. We would like to create a 100 foot by 40 foot quilted red dress compromised of squares created on site at the event by family members and loved ones of a missing relative.

Please donate as you are able!

Canada’s MMIW Report: State ‘Committed and Condoned’ Genocide of Indigenous Women and Girls

The Canadian government issued its final report on missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) on Monday and the executive summary concludes that:

As the evidence demonstrates, human rights and indigenous rights abuses and violations committed and condoned by the Canadian state represent genocide against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) people. These abuses and violations have resulted in the denial of safety, security, and human dignity.

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News and Events: MMIW Bill Expected to Pass; Four Sacred Directions Water Walk; New Native Theater Jam Sessions and More

Events in this blog:

  • MMIW Bill Expected to Become Law
  • Four Sacred Directions Water Walk Friday, May 24
  • New Native Theatre Jam Sessions, Workshops, Centered on the Native Rights Movement

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Legislative Update on Proposed MMIW Task Force, Bill to Defund Lawsuit Against Enbridge Line 3

We are more than half-way through the Minnesota legislative session. Here are a few updates on three bills we’re watching. Note: Even if they don’t pass out of committee by deadlines, they could get added to omnibus bills during the last days of the session.

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Events: Indigenous Films and Play; MMIW Presentation, World Water Day Celebration, and More!

Upcoming Events:

  • Local celebration of World Water Day, Friday, March 22
  • A Hidden Conversation: Oil Pipelines, Sex Trafficking, and MMIW, March 27
  • Documentary: The Indian System, March 28
  • Documentary: Awake: A Dream of Standing Rock, March 29
  • Documentary: Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code, March 31
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Anne K. McKeig speaks on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, April 5
  • Ikidowin Native Youth Ensemble performs: “We Do it for the Water” April 7
  • Documentary: DAWNLAND, cultural survival and stolen children, April 8 and 13

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Please Attend, Support Winyan Awanyankapi: Protecting the Lifegivers Conference April 5-7

An indigenous designed and led conference titled: “Winyan Awanyankapi: Protecting the Lifegivers — Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Indigenous Peoples Sovereignty of Housing and Water“ will be held April 5-7.

All are welcome. Here is the Facebook Event Page. Registration is open, but more than half the spots are filled. Now is a good time to register.

Attendance is free for indigenous people. If you can’t attend but would like to support this important work, please consider donating to our fundraising page. This will support the conference and provide scholarships for young people who cannot afford to attend.

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Winyan Awanyankapi: Protecting the Lifegivers Conference Set for April 5-7

An indigenous designed and led conference titled: “Winyan Awanyankapi: Protecting the Lifegivers — Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Indigenous Peoples Sovereignty of Housing and Water “will be held April 5-7, Friday evening to Sunday noon. All are welcome. Registration is now open.

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