The issue, from the National Congress of American Indians:
On some reservations American Indian and Alaska Native women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average; and
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women between 10 and 24 years of age and the fifth leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native women between 25 and 34 years of age.
The witness, from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
May 5th as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
A congressional resolution to designate May 5th as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls has been introduced. The resolution was drafted in memory of Hanna Harris (Northern Cheyenne) who was murdered July, 2013. The resolution was first introduced in April 2016 on the same day that RoyLynn Rides Horse (Crow) passed away after having been beaten, burned, and left in a field to die. Nearly 200 tribal, national, and state organizations supported this resolution.
Ideas on how to participate and raise awareness:
1) Wear RED on May 5th and post a photo on social media with the hashtag #NationalDayofAwareness #MMNWG or #MMIW
2) Host a community event in your community on May 5th
3) Host a prayer circle or candlelight vigil on May 5th
4) Post a list of names of sisters missing or murdered from your community,
5) Create a living memorial
6) Register to participate in the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center webinar: Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Click here to register.
#REDdress #MMIW #MMNAWG #gonebutnotforgotten
A shout out to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, whose post caught my attention.
See you along the Trail.