Please join NIWRC in our campaign to continue the groundswell movement locally, nationally and internationally to end the injustices of missing or disappeared and murdered Native women and girls. Together we can end the deafening silence and invisibility surrounding Native women, girls, our families, and communities experiencing unacceptably high levels of violence.
- Organize or support a local activity for National Day of Awareness on May 5 for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
- Share flyers / announcements and pictures with NIWRCof events planned for and occurring on May 5th.
Write and share individual or organizational statements/press releases about the issue.
The NIWRC will share your activities and events on social media about what you and other tribal programs, coalitions, and communities are doing nationwide to take action, organize, and increase awareness about murdered and disappeared Native women and girls.
Examples of Activities Include:
- Wear RED on May 5th and/or during community events. Create red ribbon pins and encourage your tribal community to create/wear regalia specific to your area.
- Take pictures and post on social media of yourself, family/friends, and community members wearing red with signs/messages and tag NIWRC, including:
- End the Injustice of Missing and Murdered Native Women
- Together We Can End the Injustice of Missing and Murdered Native Women
- Missing and Murdered (Native/Your Tribe’s Name) Women Deserve Justice!
- Take a Stand and Break the Silence Today for Missing and Murdered Native Women.
- Host a community event on May 5th in your tribal community center, school, etc.
- Host a prayer circle or candle-light vigil to show your support for families/community.
- Create a living memorial.
- Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains’ Murdered and Disappeared project: http://www.nativewomenssociety.org/?p=715
Learn More About the Issue
Learn how you can help raise awareness and join our groundswell:
- download the latest issue Volume 15, Issue 1 of Restoration Magazine at http://niwrc.org/restoration.
- Additional information about MMIW awareness events and activities, including the resolution calling for May 5 as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, please see Restoration Magazines Volumes 13 and 14, issues 1-3 at http://niwrc.org/restoration.
- Tribal Community Response: When a Woman Is Missing: A Toolkit for Action http://www.niwrc.org/files/Restoration-V15.1.pdf
- The NIWRC has joined in partnership with many sister organizations and tribal coalitions to lead awareness events and activities including:
- Educational briefings to raise awareness about the crisis of missing and murdered Native women and girls. http://www.niwrc.org/news/safety-native-women-explored-various-events-washington-dc
- Congressional Hill Briefing to Address the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Native Women: http://www.niwrc.org/news/congressional-resolution-aimed-creating-awareness-missing-and-murdered-american-indian-and
- NIWRC Facebook Photo Album of briefing: https://www.facebook.com/pg/niwrc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1264224740325727
- Indian Law Resource Center’s Hill Briefing: https://goo.gl/5bqA7B
- Press releases and statements: http://www.niwrc.org/news
- View NIWRC webinars addressing missing and murdered Native women: http://www.niwrc.org/resources?field_field_document_type_tid=61&keys=&sort_by=created&sort_order=DESC
- National Congress of American Indian resolution: http://www.ncai.org/resources/resolutions/addressing-crisis-of-missing-and-murdered-native-women
- Savannah’s Act:
- On October 5, 2017, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced Savanna’s Act, which would address the number of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women in the United States.
- Heitkamp introduced the bill after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was found tragically murdered and her new born baby found in the possession of her killers.
- The bill would improve tribal access to federal crime information databases, such as NCIC, and would create data fields relevant to the Native population. The bill also calls on law enforcement agencies to create standardized protocols across jurisdictions to address the issue of missing and murdered and requires an annual report to Congress.
- The bill has bipartisan support in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and as of the date of this update, nine cosponsors. Additionally, there is an identical companion bill in the House (H.R. 4485), introduced by Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA- 35). As of January 9, 2018, H.R.4485 was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
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