Minnesota MMIW report confirms disproportionate rates of violence against Native women, girls


January 29, 2021

Hundreds of demonstrators wearing red took to the streets of Minneapolis on Feb. 14, 2020, to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Forum News Service file photo)

ST. PAUL - Nearly a year and a half since its first meeting, Minnesota's task force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) presented its a report to state lawmakers on the disproportionate rates of violence perpetrated against Native women and girls in Minnesota.

The report, presented at a Tuesday, Jan. 26 committee hearing, affirmed that the national trend of MMIW plagues Minnesota, too. Minnesota is home to 11 tribal nations, as well as many Native Americans who live outside of reservations. While American Indian women and girls comprise roughly 1% of Minnesota's population, 8% of murdered women and girls in Minnesota between 2010 and 2018 were Native American, the task force found.

The task force also reported at Tuesday's hearing that during any given month between 2012 and 2020, 27 to 54 American Indian women and girls were missing in Minnesota.



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