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Iowa: A Sioux City workshop aims to combat violence against Indigenous women

Friday, September 16, 2022

"A new resource to address the public health crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) is launching in Sioux City this weekend.

The Great Plains Action Society is offering a series of workshops on how to heal, protect and organize against gender-based violence. The classes will focus on providing a combination of self defense lessons and culturally focused methods of healing.

'The overall goal is just to inspire our own Indigenous communities to provide the answers for ourselves,' said Trisha Etringer, director of operations at Great Plains Action Society. 'But first, we have to heal ourselves. Without healing, there is no justice.'

More than 80 percent of Indigenous women experience violence in their lifetimes, according to a 2016 report from the National Institute of Justice. In 2019, homicide was the third leading cause of death among Indigenous girls aged 15 to 19 and women aged 20 to 24, according to the National Congress of American Indians.

It’s a nationwide crisis, with impacts being felt in Iowa.

Etringer said families in the Sioux City area have begun to come together to share their own experiences with losing relatives to the MMIW crisis. This summer, residents came together to call attention to the loss of Terri McCauley – whose 1983 murder remains unsolved by local law enforcement.

She said she hopes the workshop can act as a safe space where the community can address the impact these losses have had on local tribes, and learn to organize politically around the issue.

'It’s about building power within our own communities and taking back our narrative, basically,' Etringer said."

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