Stephanie Autumn , Executive Director (Sacred Women's Teaching (MCF Shakopee) , Buffalo Walking Project (MCF Stillwater &MCF Oak Park Heights)
The American Indian Prison Project Working Group (AIPPWG) was founded in 1996 and has held steadfast to the founding member’s values of compassion, generosity, honesty, and respect for those we serve; detained and incarcerated American Indian/Alaska Native youth and adults.
The Vision, Mission and Services of AIPPWG are centered on contributing to the systemic change of the political, social, education, economic, and justice systems that have created the “womb to prison” pipeline and the high recidivism rates of detained and incarcerated Native youth and adults across the United States and to provide supports and resources pre incarceration, during incarceration, and in the “returning home” phase of incarceration for American Indian/ Alaska Native youth and adults. The AIPPWG solicits input from those we serve at each prison on a quarterly basis to ensure that the AIPPWG projects and services are of value and meeting the needs for those most impacted by the state and federal justice systems. The AIPPWG is committed to empowering those most impacted to lead the development of work and the services of AIPPWG and sets aside funds for formerly incarcerated youth to gain the skills to lead the work of AIPPWG.