Years ago, at a UN Commission on the Status of Women panel, indigenous women from Alberta, Canada shared the alarming stories and numbers of missing and murdered women from their province. I, naively, thought this would become major news. MMIW is getting more attention now, but the doubters, the victim blamers continue to minimize these tragedies. Thank you to Marci Mc Lean - Pollock, Mary Underriner, Renee Coppock for these resources to help us add numbers and stories and faces to our efforts.
What other events, resources, organizations to help us amplify this issue?
Montana MMIW Task Force - Misty LaPlant is the specialist there. https://dojmt.gov/mpt/missing-indigenous-persons-task-force/
Sovereign Bodies Institute with a MMIW Database https://www.sovereign-bodies.org/
MMIW March in Billings: May 2, starting at 10 am. from N. 31st and Second Ave. N. to Sky Point
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls:
Somebody's Daughter: The Trailer
“After watching Somebody’s Daughter many thoughts fevered my brain for hours,” commented Wes Studi, the only Native American actor ever to receive an Oscar. “The search for a solution begins with first knowing a crisis exists,” Studi continued, and the purpose of Somebody’s Daughter is exactly that – to alert lawmakers and the public alike that the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women crisis exists and demands urgent action. Somebody’s Daughter focuses on some of the higher-profile MMIW cases, some of which were raised during the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs MMIW/MMIP hearing in December 2018. With historical points of reference, the victims’ and their families’ stories are told through the lens of the legal jurisdictional maze and socio-economic bondage that constricts Indian Country.
Look up Anna Paige’s recent, powerful #MMIW post which has been shared over a thousand times.
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