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On the flight back to Minneapolis I researched why “tribe” and “tribalism” are so problematic. I learned that the words originated with white Christian conquerors and their violence toward not only Native people, but Africans as well.
I did not feel vindicated that my testimony was proven correct but a deep sadness that what was foretold has come to be.
I felt I had no choice but to address the violence that has for too long destroyed so many families in Minnesota and across Turtle Island.
“For those who have exited trafficking, their biggest need is to rebuild a sense of belonging and identity within their community.”
“If we do not move past the dysfunction in our communities, there will continue to be victimization.”
“To fix over 500 years of trauma and its impact, we need everyone.”
Policies are good, but educating about the perception of Native women in society needs to happen.
There were between 27 and 54 actively missing American Indian women and girls in Minnesota
in any given month from 2012 to 2020.
The investigative work of today is not just for those who are being hurt now — it is for ancestors and to prevent harm to those who are on their way.
Place is defined by the stories we tell, and each place has a story that must be told.
I intend to put communities in control of their stories and in positions to feel safe so we can discuss our traumas and find ways to heal together.