IMPACT Boston and Turtle Mountain: A Match Made at Camp

On March 1st, a team from the Turtle Mountain reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota traveled more than halfway across the US to participate in a 20-hour women’s self-defense course at IMPACT Boston. This is the first step in a collaboration designed to bring the IMPACT program to the Turtle Mountain reservation.

Empowerment self-defense training for the community of the Turtle Mountain reservation is greatly needed. According to the 2016 National Institute of Justice Report, 56% of Native women have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. The high rates of sexual violence are closely interconnected with the likelihood of Native women going missing or being murdered, and on some reservations, they are murdered at more than ten times the national average. In 2016, North Dakota alone had 125 cases of missing Native women reported to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), compared to 5,712 total Native women cases reported in the United States. However, the actual number is likely much