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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The Persistence of Violence Against Native American Women and Girls: Upcoming Series

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is hosting a four-part educational series titled: “Hearing their Voices: The Persistence of Violence Against Native American Women and Girls.” These educational events are free of charge.

The events will be held at the MIWRC offices, 2300 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis  from 4-6 p.m. MIWRC Executive Director Patina Park will be the presenter. Ms. Park is Lakota and her family comes from the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock tribes. Because of her own experience as an adoptee, Ms. Park is passionate about issued related to Native American Children and families.

Here are the dates and topics:

  • Thursday, Feb. 1: Colonization and Reservation
  • Friday, March 2: Allotment to the Indian Reorganization Act
  • Monday, April 2: Termination to Self Determination
  • Thursday, May 3: The 21st Century: Where do we go from here?

To register, contact: Jo Lightfeather at or 612-728-2031, or Randy Vickers at or 612-728-2029. You can register for one event or all events.

The series objectives are to:

  • 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.

Here is the flyer: Hearing Their Voices.

MN Indian Women’s Resource Center May Save Kateri Residence

Kateri Residence

Good news to report, following up on a Dec. 4 blog where we reported that St. Stephens Human Services was planning to close Kateri Residence, a transitional housing program in south Minneapolis for Native American women in recovery.

The Southwest Journal is now reporting that the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is interested in taking over the program. The article quotes Patina Park, executive director of MIWRC, as follows:

The work they are doing fits within our mission, so it’s definitely viable. It really is going to be a matter of whether the funds can be raised, and I think they can. … I think there is enough people who don’t want to see that program go away and understand how vital it is. Because what it comes down to is that’s providing housing for people who may be homeless without it.

Click on the link for the full story.