On August 31, 2017 a group of over 60 people from Sioux City and surrounding communities came together in remembrance of Savana La Fontaine Greywind and all Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The group consisted of many tribal communities and our Non -Indian allies. We started with a prayer, and two songs from the grandfather big drum. The first song was a southern song in UmoNhoN and the second song a northern song in Nakota. This represents the diversity across Indian Country and the communities at the event.
We had several youth attend the event, including many young women eager to offer help. We had tobacco and a red cloth available for participants to offer prayers. We then walked the red cloth to the river and offered her our prayers. The reason the prayers were offered to the water, is because Savanna was found in water and water sustained her baby in her womb. We stood at the river with our candles while a beautiful song was sung that spoke to our relatives in the stars. We had a female relative speak to women who die defending their children having a very special place in the spirit world.
Our speakers were members of the community who shared their stories related to Violence Against Native Women.
Our speakers included the following:
Marisa Miakonda Cummings, UmoNhoN, Organizer and Sioux City community member
Gloria Grant Gone- UmoNhoN elder
Michael O’Connor- Yankton Sioux and Sioux City community member
Sasha Rivers, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Sioux City community member
Samuel Grant, UmoNhoN and Sioux City community member
Marguerite Morris, UmoNhoN, Sioux City community member
Our singers included the following:
Samuel Grant- UmoNhoN
Canku Wakandgi- Ihanktonwan Nakoda