Patina Park is Cheyenne River Sioux and an adult-adoptee. She is Executive Director at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, a 30 year old nonprofit dedicated to providing culturally-appropriate holistic programming to heal, preserve, and strengthen Native American women and their families.
Ms. Park has enjoyed working throughout Indian Country and with state and county government agencies nation-wide, training on topics including: Federal Indian Law; working with Native Communities; historical trauma; and poverty and the impact on families, and is co-author of Best Outcomes for Indian Children, Child Welfare Volume 91(3)(2012). Patina lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two kids, three cats, and an easy-going dog. She is also fond of cake.
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is a non-profit social and educational services organization committed to the holistic growth and development of American Indian women and their families. Founded in 1984, MIWRC provides a broad range of programs designed to educate and empower American Indian women and their families, and to inform and assist those who work providing services to the community.
MIWRC is located in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, which has the third largest urban American Indian population in the United States.
Programs are developed to reflect the needs of our families, and are tailored to address issues that significantly affect their well being; such as family services, child advocacy, legal services, affordable housing, parenting skills, chemical dependency, mental health care, cultural resilience, historical trauma and other family and community issues.