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Demand Justice for Kaysera Stops Pretty Places


Two years ago, 18-year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places (Crow) was murdered in Big Horn County, Montana. Since her murder, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office, and the Montana Department of Justice have done nothing to undertake a criminal investigation. We will not stand for this – law enforcement must be held accountable. Kaysera’s family, in collaboration with National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Sovereign Bodies Institute, Rising Hearts, Elite Feats, and Bethany Yellowtail, are advocating for justice in Kaysera’s name. Help demand #JusticeforKaysera by learning more and take action through the Kaysera website. Join NIWRC’s Twitter Storm on 9/9 and the Justice for Kaysera 5K/10K Virtual Walk/Run

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No More Stolen Relatives – #PCUSAWeekofAction2021 looks at the #MMIWG2S crisis

by Rich Copley | Presbyterian News Service

Elona Street-Stewart and the Rev. Irvin Porter celebrate communion on Native American Day on September 12, 2018, at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Gregg Brekke)

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — On Thursday, Aug. 26, the Presbyterian Week of Action will focus on an ongoing crisis in Indigenous communities in the United States, Canada, and around the world with a day themed “No More Stolen Relatives: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People.”

“The day’s events and resources will center the voices of Native American Presbyterians as well as other Indigenous peoples and allies,” says the Rev. Alexandra Zareth, Associate for Leadership Development & Recruitment for Leaders of Color in Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries. “Invitations will be offered for various ways to engage in the conversation and to learn, pray and act.

“The day will include videos from Co-Moderator Elona Street-Stewart (Delaware Nanticoke) and the Rev. Irv Porter (Pima, Nez Perce, and Tohono O’odham), Associate for Native American Intercultural Congregational Support, that help frame the crisis from a personal place. There will be a devotional featuring a Scripture reading in the Choctaw language, a poem written by an individual who has a friend counted among the Missing and Murdered of this crisis, and a Litany for Murdered and Missing Indigenous People.”

The Second Annual Presbyterian Week of Action, Aug. 23-29, is designed to bring attention and action to people and communities living under different forms of oppression, a response to the PC(USA)’s Matthew 25 invitation and Hands & Feet initiative. It is seven days with online events each day designed to illuminate the issues that the focus group for the day faces.

The Rev. Alexandra Zareth of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leads communion during the “Gifts of New Immigrants” service on Oct. 9, 2019 at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, Kentucky. (File photo)

“We hope folx will join the cry of many who have been crying out and naming this crisis as such,” says Zareth, who is co-coordinating the day with the Rev. Mark Koenig, Internal Communications Specialist with the Administrative Services Group. “Our communities have felt the loss, the deaths, the questions, and the lack of action … this is not new to ‘us.’ But it is new to many, and we hope people will understand that we belong to each other; that all pain is shared pain; and that we are all called to mourn together and act together.”

Visit the Week of Action website for information on all days and an overview of the week

This is the schedule for the day (all times Eastern):

9:30 a.m. “No More Stolen Relatives — A Time to Learn, A Time to Act”  a brief video inviting people to participate in the day.

11:00 a.m. “Taking Action for Native Americans” — a short video

12:30 p.m. “No More Stolen Relatives  A Devotional” — a brief video featuring a Scripture reading in the Choctaw language, an original poem, and a litany for missing and murdered Indigenous persons

4:30 p.m. “We All Belong to Each Other”  a short video

All events will stream on the Week of Action webpage. Facts about the crisis will also be shared throughout the day on the PC(USA) social media pages, including FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Koenig notes that, “an opportunity will be provided to advocate for the passage of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2021. This act has provisions that will help protect Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People.”

“Links will be provided to study resources and further information,” Zareth says.  “Finally, we want to empower siblings in Christ to respond to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to act by providing them with facts and statements that are sharable on social media and will help inform hearts and minds in ways that lead to action.”

“The Indigenous communities and their allies who work to address this crisis have adopted red as the color of the movement,” Koenig notes. “We encourage you to wear red, take a selfie, and share it on social media with the hashtag #WeekofActionPCUSA.”

This is an effort that will last more than a day or a week, Zareth and Koenig say.

“Our work for this day is only the beginning of an entire year of focus,” Zareth says. “We want our siblings in Christ to know that Native American Presbyterians will lead a worship service at 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 22, Native American Day in the PC(USA). Information and action sessions will take place during the months to follow that will continue to inform, equip, and inspire people to respond faithfully and together as a community of faith.”

For more information, contact the Office of Leadership Development for Leaders of Color at  mailto:Alexandra.Zareth@pcusa.org.

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5 May 2021

Strength and core work. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Stretching. Gym in the apartment.
Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume (feat. Chantal Kreviazuk)
You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind) – Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq
Run Sister Run – Cass McCombs
Sky World Song – Bear Fox (feat. The Turtle Dunks)
Through The Flood – Indian City
Say Her Name – Bear Fox
To All MMIW – Northern Cree
Highway of Tears – Layla Zoe
The Highway – N’we Jinan Artists, Kitsumkalum First Nation, BC
Break the Silence – N’we Jinan Artists, Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation
Blackbird – Emma Stevens
Pray Sister Pray – Crystal Shawanda
Missing You – Joanne Shenandoah
Little Star – iskwē acākosīk
M.M.I.W. (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) – Jahkota [feat. LB, Drezus & Cleo Big Eagle]

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National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

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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 for 2020, from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.

Join NIWRC’s 2020 #MMIWGActionNow Campaign

As we are challenged by the difficult times created by the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates, shelters, and programs continue their tireless and dedicated efforts to avoid disrupting services for survivors. Looking ahead to the efforts to commemorate May 5th as the National Day of Awareness (NDA) for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, we are challenged as a national movement to reconsider how best to honor our missing and murdered Indigenous women amidst the pandemic.

While the important public health policies of social distancing and “shelter-in-place” may prevent in-person MMIWG activities, we strongly encourage communities and programs to creatively participate in this year’s National Day of Awareness. We need action now! The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls honors the lives of our Native sisters and helps shed light on the countless tragedies involving our Native sisters.

The continuing reports of abductions and murders of Native women and girls represent one of the most horrific aspects of the spectrum of violence committed against Native women. The murder rate of Native women is more than ten times the national average on some reservations. Often, these disappearances or murders are connected to crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking.

In 2017, the Montana Congressional Delegation led the way for passage of a Senate resolution declaring May 5 as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. May 5th was the birthday of Hanna Harris, a 21-year-old member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe who went missing on July 4, 2013. Each year since 2017, the national movement to end violence against Native women has organized activities in support of the May 5th National Day of Awareness.

This National Day of Awareness also highlights the need for ongoing grassroots advocacy and changes to the laws, policies, and increased allocation of resources to end these injustices. Individual and/or joint actions at the local, tribal, state, national, and international levels are needed this year. The issues surrounding missing and murdered Native women must be brought into the public’s awareness to increase the accountability of the justice systems. In uncertain times such as these, where people are forced to work from home or lose their jobs altogether, it can put people in abusive relationships at further risk. Public statements honoring and calling for justice for MMIWG can also serve as statements of support for those who are suffering from abuse and violence. Turning our grief to action, NIWRC strongly supports and calls upon Congress to address:

1) the need for increased tribal victim services and tribal justice resources affirmed in several federal reports, and

2) the inadequate responses of the federal and state criminal justice systems that fail Native women.

NIWRC is committed to increasing safety and access to justice for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women and their children, by bringing awareness to this critical issue of missing and murdered Native women and girls. We believe that we can continue to build strong support and action around MMIWG but only with your help.

Please join us for the following activities:

  • Download the MMIWG ‘No More Stolen Sisters’ poster and share a photo of yourself wearing red and/or traditional attire with the poster using #MMIWGTakeAction, #NoMoreStolenSisters and #MMIWG. Download poster here
  • Access the MMIWG Social Media Guide, complete with prepared social media posts and graphics to download for your use.
  • Watch the Native Wellness Institute‘s Power Hour on Facebook Live Monday, May 4, from 2-3 p.m. CT. NIWRC will join our sisters and LGBTQ2S relatives to share resources for MMIWG. | Watch the replay here
  • Participate in our #MMIWGActionNow Twitter Storm – Tuesday, May 5, from 11-11:30 AM CT. Please use hashtags: #MMIWGActionNow, #NoMoreStolenSisters, and #MMIWG. Download posts here
  • Listen to Native America Calling on Tuesday, May 5, from 12-1 PM CT. NIWRC Executive Director Lucy Simpson will be a guest to discuss how advocates are ‘uniting (in isolation) for MMIWG awareness’
  • Join our #MMIWGActionNow Twitter Chat – Tuesday, May 5, from 1-2 PM CT. Please use hashtags: #MMIWGActionNow, #NoMoreStolenSisters, and #MMIWG. Download questions here
  • Register for ‘Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls – National Day of Action’ webinar – Tuesday, May 5, 2-3:30 PM CT | Register here
  • Watch the United State of Women #StateOfWomenTV Instagram Live Series featuring NIWRC Senior Native Affairs Advisor Elizabeth Carr on Tuesday, May 5, starting at 3 p.m. CT.
  • Tag the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram in your efforts to raise awareness for MMIWG.

Thank you for your continued support, participation, and for the work that you do in each of your communities to raise awareness for missing and murdered Native women and girls.

#REDdress #MMIWG #MMNAWG #gonebutnotforgotten

 

 

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25 September 2019

IMG-0555In memory of Aleyah Elaine Toscano and all the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Walk/slow jog. Morningside Heights.
Stretching. Gym at the Shire.

Nikki Shawana – Sister Round Dance Song (MMIW Honour Song)

Song for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Jayda Gadwa

Qiksaaktuq – Tanya Tagaq andToronto Symphony Orchestra

The Highway – N’we Jinan Artists, Kitsumkalum First Nation, BC.

Highway of Tears – Layla Zoe

Run Sister Run – Cass McCombs
Inspired by the run of Métis activist and athlete Tracie Leost to raise awareness about Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women

Performance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – music by A Tribe Called Red

Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume, feat. Chantal Kreviazuk

Indian City – Through the Flood

Blackbird – Emma Stevens (in Mi’kmaq)

Say Her Name – Bear Fox

I wore the red I have. The hat is from the University of New Mexico.

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3 August 2019

Treadmill. Gym at the Shire.
Walking. Morningside Gardens.

Nikki Shawana – Sister Round Dance Song (MMIW Honour Song)

Song for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Jayda Gadwa

Qiksaaktuq – Tanya Tagaq andToronto Symphony Orchestra

The Highway – N’we Jinan Artists, Kitsumkalum First Nation, BC.

Highway of Tears – Layla Zoe

Run Sister Run – Cass McCombs
Inspired by the run of Métis activist and athlete Tracie Leost to raise awareness about Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women

Performance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – music by A Tribe Called Red

Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume, feat. Chantal Kreviazuk

Indian City – Through the Flood

Blackbird – Emma Stevens (in Mi’kmaq)

Say Her Name – Bear Fox

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National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

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.
Will you?

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.

18278258_10155128289501063_2581348385963562143_o#REDdress #MMIW #MMNAWG #gonebutnotforgotten

A shout out to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, whose post caught my attention.

See you along the Trail.

 

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