Coalition to protest tasteless depiction of Native women
MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis strip joint is under fire for an ad featuring a non-Native woman dressed as an American Indian in a scantily clad outfit. The ad promotes a Thanksgiving eve event at Déjà vu in Minneapolis.
A march is planned by a coalition to the strip club on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 to protest the hyper-sexualized and defaming stereotypes of Indigenous women to promote stripping and which lends to support of human trafficking in Minnesota.
A pre-march gathering at 3:00 pm at the Northwestern Insurance Building on Hennepin and Washington Avenue will feature speakers that include: Dr. Sandi Pierce of Othayonih Research; Tina Olson of Mending the Sacred Hoop; the Native Sisters Society; Patina Park, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center; Nicole Mattews and Guadelupe Lopez of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition and Patricia Shepard of Idle No More Minnesota.
According to Shepard, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, the coalition demands both that the Deja Vu cease and desist use of any racist depictions in the future, and that City Pages, which carried the ad, take steps to include a public apology to the Native American Community of Minnesota.
American Indian women in Minnesota are targeted for human trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation and violence at a higher rate than other racial/ethinic group in the state.
The gathering and march are co-sponsored by:
- Idle No More Duluth
- Idle No More-Minnesota
- Idle No More-MN Working Group
- Idle No More Wisconsin – Planning to Defend Land and Water
- Indigenous Media Network I-MN
- Mending the Sacred Hoop
- March Against Corruption MN
- March Against Monsanto MN
- Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center-
- MN Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
- Native Sisters Society
- OCCUPYMN Media Team
- OCCUPY MN
- Save the Kids Minnesota
- Northwoods Revolution: Minnesota Ogichidaag Light Brigade