Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Franklin Library is hosting a photo exhibit by Ne-Dah-Ness about the local and national issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The exhibit will be on a banner outside of Franklin Library.

Educate yourself and others on the plight of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), and advocate for better training, resources, and communication for law enforcement and nonprofit agencies in support of Indigenous women and girls in our community.

Indigenous women and girls make up 1% of the state’s population, but from 2010-2018, 8% of all murdered women and girls in Minnesota were Indigenous.

They are at a higher risk of violence because of systemic risk factors: poverty and homelessness, child welfare involvement, and domestic violence. These risk factors are rooted in structural racism and generational trauma.

Insufficient resources, inadequate training, and poor communication among law enforcement agencies cause investigations and prosecutions to fail.

The path to reform is a path toward healing. This begins with recognizing that the historic violence against Indigenous communities is more than an isolated public safety issue. Everything is connected.

Learn more about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Minnesota with the Wilder Foundation’s task force report to the Minnesota Legislature.

Resources

No Wrong Door

Minneapolis is one of the top locations in the United States for child sex trafficking. No Wrong Door is a Hennepin County program that fights against the sexual exploitation of youth. It provides a range of services to help survivors heal while bringing traffickers to justice and raising public awareness. Services are culturally aware, trauma-informed, and supportive of the LGBTQIA community.

Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center

The Safe Harbor Youth Program at the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC) is a supportive service program for youth ages 24 and under who have experienced sexual exploitation or are at risk of sexual exploitation.

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) is a statewide Tribal coalition and national Tribal technical assistance provider. MIWSAC has worked since 2001 to end gender-based violence and enhance Tribal, state, and federal responses to sexual violence and sex trafficking.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children. It provides many free resources:

  • MMIW Pocket Guide provides detailed information on MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) and has resources and numbers to call (see page 53).
  • MMIW Quick Reference Guide provides helpful information for what to do/not to do within the first 72 hours of when a Native woman goes missing. It is a shortened version of the pocket guide above.
  • MMIW Brochure also provides helpful information for what to do/not to do within the first 72 hours of when a Native woman goes missing, including tips for gathering information, preserving evidence, and getting help.
  • The MMIW Toolkit has a missing person flyer and poster template.

StrongHearts Native Helpline

Native Americans and Alaska Natives who need help for domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, can call StrongHearts Native Helpline at 1-844-762-8483. They are based in Minnesota but are nationally available and answer calls from Native people across the country.