Manidoowaadiziwag Ikwewag (Women Are Sacred) is an education and training tool that chronicles the first-hand stories of American Indian women survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse with disabilities from the White Earth Nation.
The film highlights the work of the Minnesota Accessing Paths to Safety Project, or MAPS Project, and chronicles the survivors' history and tradition, the impact of historical trauma and intergenerational grief, and the resources available for survivors on and around the reservation.
Dig deep into the everyday work of committed advocates and service providers at the MAPS pilot sites as they explore traditional methodologies, and best practices for providing culturally-appropriate crime victim and disability services.
Join us, as we imagine a hopeful vision for future generations.
Directed, Produced, Filmed and Edited by
Rebecca McDonald of bfreshproductions
Original music composed by
Still Production Photography
Archival photography courtesy of
The Goodwin Family
MAPS Partner Organizations
MN Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC)
MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA)
MN Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW)
MN Disability Law Center (DLC)
This project is supported by Grant No. 2009-FW-AX-K008- “Education, Training, and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Grant Program” awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.
Women Are Sacred is a production of bfreshproductions.