Workshop #4: Understanding the Past to Address the Present
Presented by Patina Park, J.D. Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center. View video of the event
Violence against Native women and girls has been part of the history of this continent since first contact. The legal, social, and moral history with Indigenous women and girls in this country has cultivated a modern environment where 1 in 3 Native American women are raped in their lifetime and are 2.5 times more likely to be raped than women in general in the United States. Jurisdictional difficulties also exist in a state/tribal/federal system which make prosecution and ensuring safety extremely difficult.
This workshop series will show how the past has framed the way dominant culture views Native women and girls in modern times and how it is connected to violence and argue that until the United States reconciles the violent history with the Indigenous people and fixes the jurisdictional gaps in Indian Country, violence against Indigenous women and girls will only continue.