The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force was created to examine the root causes, systemic problems, and potential solutions to violence against indigenous women and girls in Minnesota, including members of the two spirit community. Established by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Tim Walz in 2019, the task force includes representatives from 11 tribal nations, community and advocacy organizations, legislators, law enforcement, and the legal field. Wilder Research assisted the task force, conducting extensive research and facilitating public hearings and comment sessions across Minnesota.
The report includes 20 mandates in five key areas from the task force for the Minnesota Legislature, state agencies, tribes, and other stakeholders to address the MMIW injustice:
- Address systemic causes
- Collect and report data on violence against Indigenous women and girls
- Address policies and practices in institutions that impact violence against Indigenous women and girls
- Reduce and eliminate violence against Indigenous women and girls
- Help Indigenous women and girls who are victims/survivors, their families, and their communities