Native Survivor Support Project

Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
R1 2016-2017 $49,207

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center in Minneapolis, MN created a series of Survivor Support Project activities to contribute to greater understanding of the Native sexual violence survivor experience and best practices for providing culturally appropriate prevention services, with emphasis on the impact of historical trauma on the Native community. Activities included community education events, educational programming to urban American Indian parents and caregivers, and conducting, publishing and distributing a community needs assessment specific to sexual exploitation experiences of Native boys, young men, and Two-Spirited/Native LGBTQ youth.

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  • Communities

    Adults Boys Communities of color Girls Grandparents Indigenous/Native/Tribal LGBTQ2I Men Non-binary Parents/Foster Parents Survivors Women
  • Products

    Research: Two-spirit needs assessment (Proprietary) Contact MIWRC
  • System

    Advocacy/rape crisis Therapeutic/mental health
  • Level



  • Build Champions

    Build Champions

    Funding supported MIWRC's Life Skills Parenting and Learning Center staff to receive additional sexual abuse prevention training with Cornerstone and the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. This professional development enabled staff to integrate this knowledge into the existing Life Skills Parenting program that supports American Indian parents/caregivers develop the skills and knowledge needed to talk with children about healthy sexuality and sexual abuse prevention/intervention. 

  • Provide Resources

    Provide Resources

    MIWRC hosted 2 community education events. Fall Feast November 2016: "Our Children Are Sacred" theme included teachings on the sacred nature of children and their right to be safe. A Family Empowerment Workshop featured empowerment self-defense instructor Diane Long for adult and child residents of MIWRC's 13 onsite Section 8 rental units and extended family members participating in the ICWA Kinship program.

  • Educate & Train

    Educate & Train

    MIWRC delivered educational programming to urban American Indian families as well as expanded their existing parent group work,

  • Measure Impact

    Measure Impact

    MIWRC and the Urban Indian Health Institute conducted a needs assessment of Two Spirit community members. Please contact MIWRC directly for information about this assessment and findings. 

  • Enhance Partnerships

    Enhance Partnerships

    MIWRC partnered with the Urban Indian Health Institute to conduct the Two Spirit Needs Assessment.