MIWRC Mission Statement
“To empower American Indian women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity.”
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is a non-profit social and educational services organization committed to the holistic growth and development of American Indian women and their families. Founded in 1984, MIWRC provides a broad range of programs designed to educate and empower American Indian women and their families, and to inform and assist those who work providing services to the community.
MIWRC is located in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, which has the third largest urban American Indian population in the United States.
Programs are developed to reflect the needs of our families, and are tailored to address issues that significantly affect their well being; such as family services, child advocacy, legal services, affordable housing, parenting skills, chemical dependency, mental health care, cultural resilience, historical trauma and other family and community issues.
Our Culturally Sensitive Approach
MIWRC’s founders established an organization grounded in community. For the past 30 years, MIWRC has adhered to the philosophy that by impacting families, neighborhoods, communities, society and public policy – not merely by serving individual women – positive and lasting change can happen. The founders of MIWRC emphasized a woman’s relationship with her Creator, her children and partner, her extended family, tribe, community and culture. We continue to incorporate this holistic, culturally sensitive approach to our work.
Award Winning Services
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center provides award winning services. Over the past several years, we have been honored by the following:
- The 2009 Ann Bancroft Dreammakers Award for Organizational Excellence.
- The 2008 American Indian Families Empowerment Project Organizational Excellence Award from the Grotto Foundation.
- The 2005 UNCA/Annie E. Casey Family Strengthening Award for Best Practices in strengthening American Indian families.