Wisconsin’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force
Too many Native American women and girls have lost their lives unnecessarily. Too many of them have disappeared without a trace. Too many loved ones and family members have been searching without answers. Too many. It has to stop. Wisconsin’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force was created to help fight the abduction, homicide, violence and trafficking of indigenous women in Wisconsin. We must find our lost sisters; find answers; bring then home; bring closure to their families, to their communities. Today we, the staff members of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, stand together with the rest of our Native American communities on the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Stop the abuse. Stop the violence. Bring our sisters home.
About the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (GLITC)
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (GLITC) had its beginnings in the early 1960’s as the consequences of the federal experiment of Termination began to play out with the Menominee tribe. Beginning as an association of the leaders of the other ten tribes located in Wisconsin, GLITC was incorporated in 1965 with the purpose of providing a mechanism through which the tribes could work through the challenges of governance and services to their constituents. Through intertribal unity, the tribes could better develop and implement programs, seek outside assistance, and gain leverage in dealing with federal, state, and local government.
GLITC’s strength lies in the resolve of the tribes to be independent and self-governing, yet to come together in a unified forum to discuss and resolve those issues that require intertribal unity and attention. As independent governments, the tribes operated widely varied government service systems, and address their communities’ needs in numerous ways. GLITC supplements the member tribes’ own efforts through development and operation of health and human service programs, education programs, and economic development programs in the reservation communities it serves. Intergovernmental relations and policy decisions find an intertribal discussion forum through GLITC. However, through long-standing custom, public comment and policy implementation is reserved for the member tribes through their own elected representatives.