Protect Your Sovereignty
Threats to personal sovereignty come in many forms, with one person claiming power or exerting control over another. This can be done in subtle, manipulative wasys that make the harm difficult to identify. Much like colonization of indigenous nations, human trafficking errodes sovereignty by imposing external authority, using the mask of friendship or opportunity to extract benefits or wealth, which results in trauma.
refers to everything that makes up our individual autonomy - our rights to set and enforce boundaries, to
guard our sacredness and spiritual authority, to determine our priorities and our path in life.
Sovereignty of the Body
refers to the authority that we, as individuals, wield over our own bodies. Colonization is often spoken of in terms of land being taken, but historically, physical violence again Native women and harm done to our bodies has also played a part in the denial of our sovereignty.
is the inherent authority of tribal nations to govern themselves.
Terminology & Language in Action
Human Trafficking- the Trafficking Victims Act (TVPA) defines human trafficking as any labor or commercial sex act induced through use of force, fraud, or coercion (if over 18) for the profit of a third party.
- Those under 18 who engage in any form of commercial sex (including survival sex) meet the legal definition of human trafficking-regardless of whether or not there is a third party trafficker.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation- the abuse of power differentials or exploitation of a person's vulnerabilities in order to induce a sex act in exchange for something.
Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
Articles and Publications
- Violence Against Native Women is Not Traditional booklet from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, originally from Sacred Circle National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women
- The Garden of Truth: The Prostitution & Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota By Melissa Farley, Nicole Matthews, Sarah Deer, Guadalupe Lopez, Christine Stark, Eileen Hudon; Research by Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition and Prostitution Research & Education
- Shattered Hearts: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of American Indian Women & Girls in Minnesota (MIWRC) Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
- The Dark Side of Fossil-Fuel Extraction from the Scientific American
- Our Bodies, Our Stories from Urban Indian Health Institute
- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls from Urban Indian Health Institute
- MMIWG: We Demand More from Urban Indian Health Institute
- Webinar: “Why Do Women Stay” from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
- What To Do When You Are Raped from the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center
- Relationship articles, blog posts and videos from We R Native
- Video: Two-Spirited/LGBTQ Voices: Lenny’s Story from Tate Topa Consulting, LLC
- Violence Against Native Women is Not Traditional video – Whisper Kish
- When the Legal System Fails You – Womenslaw.org
- Advocate! Beyond Shelter Doors Newsletter from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
- Turtle Talk blog from the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University
- Talking to Children about Domestic Violence from the National Domestic Violence Hotline Blog
- Blog from the National Domestic Violence Hotline
- The U.S. Gave Trouble Doctors a Second Chance. Patients Paid the Price from Frontline in partnership with the Wall Street Journal
- Senate Republicans Unveil Violence Against Women Act that Hurts Tribes from HuffPost
- Recap: Senate Committee Meeting on Indian Affairs #MMIW and Native veterans Hearing from Indianz
- A New Book Investigates B.C.'s Missing Native Women from Outside
- Data Suggest Serial Killers Active in Indian Country from VOA (Voice of America)
- National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888 text 233-733 or BEFREE
- Breaking Free- Sisters Helping Sisters Break Free
- Safe Harbor Regional Navigators
- National Rape & Sexual Assault 1800-656-4673
- National Domestic Violence 1-800-799-7233
- Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
- Substance Abuse & MH Services Administration 1-800-662-4357