Indigenous Environmental Network
Ogimaakwewiwin- Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program at Indigenous Environmental Network in partnership with the Council of Indian Students, the Northwest Indian Community Development Center and The Midwest Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition will hold the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Peoples’ walk on February 14th in solidarity with hundreds of other walks on that day to bring attention to the epidemic of murdered and missing indigenous relatives.
- In a 2008 CDC study, 39% of Native women surveyed identified as victims of intimate partner violence in their lifetime, a rate higher than any other race or ethnicity surveyed.
- According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs at least 70% of the violent victimizations experienced by American Indians are committed by persons not of the same race— a substantially higher rate of interracial violence than experienced by white or black victims.
- In a 2006 study, 96% of American Indian respondents who had been a victim of rape or sexual assault had experienced other physical abuse as well.
- During a physical assault, American Indian and Alaska Native women were more likely to be injured than women of all other groups and more of these injuries needed medical care.
- Violence against Indian women occurs as a gauntlet in the lives of Indian women: at one end verbal abuse and at the other murder. Most Indian women do not report such crimes because of the belief that nothing will be done.
This effort is part of IEN’s growing work to address gender justice, particularly as it relates to environmental justice. Other efforts include partnerships with Black Mesa Water Coalition, Grassroots Global Justice, Grassroots International and the World March of Women to create and hold Feminist Organizing Schools and strengthen indigenous definitions and actions around feminism.