Nicole Matthews is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and is the Executive Director for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, a statewide tribal coalition for American Indian Sexual Assault Advocates in Minnesota. The mission of this coalition is to strengthen the voices of American Indian women to create awareness, influence social change, and reclaim the traditional values that honor the sovereignty of American Indian women and children, thereby eliminating the sexual violence perpetrated against them. Their vision is: Creating Safety and Justice for Native Women Through the Teachings of Our Grandmothers.
Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University in Applied Psychology including a minor in Human Relations and Multicultural Education. Nicole was also one of fie researchers who interviewed 105 Native women used in prostitution and trafficking for their report: “Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota.”
Nicole is also the proud mother of three beautiful children: Jazmin, Kiora, and Kionte. They give her the strength and motivation to continue working to end violence perpetrated against women and children.
Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) is a statewide tribal coalition, and a national technical assistance provider. MIWSAC works with individual and organizational members in Minnesota, and with tribal grantees nationwide to end sexual violence against Native women and children.