Gaagige-Mikwendaagoziwag “They Will Be Remembered Forever” MMIWg2S Reward Fund Indigenous Women, girls, and Two Spirit people are far more likely to experience violence, be murdered, or go missing than other demographic groups in Minnesota. Although Indigenous Women make up just 1% of the state’s population, from 2010 through 2018, 8% of all murdered women and girls in Minnesota were Indigenous. Between 2012 and 2020, 27 to 54 Indigenous Women, girls, and Two Spirit people were missing in any given month. (See Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force, A report to the Minnesota Legislature, by Nicole Martin Rogers and Virginia Pendleton, [...]
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January 11, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Duluth, MN Reward Fund to Find Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two Spirit People On January 10, 2022, the Duluth City Council unanimously approved the resolution for City officials to partner with Mending the Sacred Hoop and the Native Lives Matter Coalition for a reward fund for information regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people in the Twin Ports: Gaagige-Mikwendaagoziwag “You Will Always Be Remembered.” Funds will be used to encourage those with information on the missing to report. In August of 2015, Sheila St Clair went missing from Duluth, [...]
Justice Department Announces Funding Opportunities to Support Public Safety in Tribal Communities The U.S. Department of Justice today announced the opening of the FY 2022 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation period. Also known as CTAS, the funding under this initiative is available to assist American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the areas of crime prevention, victim services and coordinated community responses to violence against native women. The solicitation, at https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations, contains details about available grants and describes how federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia can apply for funding. CTAS is administered by the department’s Office of [...]
December 14, 2021 Washington, DC Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks at the 2021 Annual Alaska Federation of Natives Winter Conference – Remarks as prepared Good afternoon. My name is Vanita Gupta and I am the Associate Attorney General at the Justice Department. I am honored to speak to you today as part of this extraordinary gathering. I want to begin by thanking my friend, Julie Kitka, for inviting me to speak today, and for your steady and powerful leadership of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN). The entire AFN team has done truly amazing work to promote the [...]
December 8, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office on Violence Against Women Announces Awards to 11 Indian Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) today announced awards to 11 Indian Tribal governments to support them in exercising special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ). The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) recognized the authority of tribes to exercise SDVCJ over certain defendants, regardless of their Indian or non-Indian status, who commit crimes of domestic violence or dating violence or violate certain protection orders in Indian country. [...]
November 19, 2021 Interior Secretary Deb Haaland moves to ban the word ‘squaw’ from federal lands Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland formally declared “squaw” to be a derogatory term Friday and ordered a task force to find replacement names for valleys, lakes, creeks and other sites on federal lands that use the word. The order, which takes effect immediately, stands to affect more than 650 place names that use the term, according to figures from the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. “Racist terms have no place in our vernacular or on our federal lands. Our nation’s lands and waters [...]
November 15, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Justice Department Awards Nearly $104 Million to Help Crime Victims in Indian Country The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), has awarded nearly $104 million to serve victims in tribal communities, of which nearly $101 million was awarded through the Crime Victims Fund Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside. More than 140 awards were made through the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside formula program to fund culturally-appropriate victim services to meet the needs of Tribal communities. “American Indian and Alaska Native crime victims deserve the [...]
November 15, 2021 President Biden Signs Executive Order on Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order as follows: Section 1. Policy. The safety and well-being of all Native Americans is a top priority for my Administration. My Administration will work hand in hand with Tribal Nations and Tribal partners to build safe and healthy Tribal communities and to support comprehensive law enforcement, prevention, intervention, and [...]
November 15, 2021 Washington, DC Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit: “Good afternoon. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to join the first Tribal Nations Summit in five years. The Justice Department shares the President’s commitment, expressed in the Executive Order he signed today, to work in partnership with Tribal nations to support comprehensive law enforcement, prevention, intervention and support services. We are committed to working together to make Tribal communities safer. We are committed to honoring and strengthening our nation-to-nation relationship. And we are committed to protecting the civil rights of [...]
Imagine this: “I’ve just been assaulted by my husband, the police are called, they get him out of the house, and a few days later his sister and his female cousins stop by and harass me for calling the police on him. A week later, I see them at the community center, they give me some mean and dirty looks; I run into them at the store and they intentionally bump into me and call me names. They tell me to watch my back. What can I do?” Violence by extended family is a widespread issue faced by battered Indian women. [...]