Recap of May 5th National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

SIGN UP: MMIW Weekly Legislative Summary Updates by the NIWRC

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is proud to release a new educational policy resource: Weekly National Legislative Summary Updates on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). These updates address the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, NIWRC has provided an educational resource of current state and U.S.  governmental legislation as weekly PDF updates. This educational resource is comprised of public knowledge of current state and U.S. governmental legislation for your viewing. The educational resource does not promote or advocate any specific legislation, nor does it provide analysis of legislative proposals. Rather, it is merely a comprehensive compilation of current state and U.S. governmental legislation under consideration within the United States that addresses the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 

SIGN UP HERE: to receive a weekly national legislative summary updates on MMIW: https://bit.ly/2Hh1dzM

NIWRC’s Special Collection on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

This Special Collection is developed to highlight the issues, concerns, recommendations and resources for addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) within our communities. The Special Collection organizes information, resources, tips and curricula drawn from the wealth of information gathered from partner organizations, experts from the field, and other allies from the web. More specifically, this toolkit will house resources on cultural issues, national sources, statistics, topical issues and approaches, existing programs, and available material and resources to create awareness and promote important discussions about MMIWG. This collection will expand as resources and new information become available.

http://www.niwrc.org/resources/special-collection-missing-murdered-indigenous-women-girls

NIWRC’s Webinar “Honoring Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women to Guide our Advocacy for Change”

During the period of 1979 through 1992, homicide was the third-leading cause of death of Indian females aged 15 to 34, and 75 percent were killed by family members or acquaintances. In 2005, the movement for safety of Native women resulted in the “Safety for Indian Women” being included under the Violence Against Women Act.  A study released by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that in some tribal communities, American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average. Over the last decade awareness of this national issue has increased but more must be done to stop disappearances and save lives.  Please join us on May 5th, 2019, as we honor missing and murdered Indigenous women and together increase our national awareness and demand change at the tribal, federal and state levels.

http://www.niwrc.org/resources/honoring-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women-guide-our-advocacy-change

NIWRC Interviews with Native America Calling’s “The drive to solve the MMIW problem”

Native America Calling’s show “The Drive to Solve the MMIW Problem” (May 6, 2019).

The four Native American members of Congress just introduced a bill to create an advisory committee on missing and murdered Indigenous women. Some states like New Mexico and Wyoming assembled task forces to address the issue. Washington State is requiring the State Patrol to establish “best practices” for investigating missing Native Americans. Will more task forces, research reports and policy guidelines help solve the ongoing problem that disproportionately harms Native women? We’ll hear about some of the latest efforts and hear from experts about what the most promising approaches are.

Guests:

  • Wenona Benally (Diné) – former state representative in Arizona representing district 7
  • Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) – U.S. Representative for the first district of New Mexico
  • Lucy Simpson (Navajo Nation) – executive director of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
  • Princella Parker RedCorn [Umóⁿhoⁿ (Omaha) Tribe] – communications officer for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

https://www.nativeamericacalling.com/monday-may-6-2019-the-drive-to-solve-the-mmiw-problem/ 

Watch NIWRC’s 2019 Wear Red for MMIW Awareness Video

Watch Subcommittee Hearing “Unmasking the Hidden Crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW): Exploring Solutions to End the Cycle of Violence”

Subcommittee for Indigenous People of the United States

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324

Presiding: The Hon. Ruben Gallego, Chair

Majority Witnesses 

Sarah Deer, Muscogee (Creek) Nation (testimony)

International & Interdisciplinary Studies – Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, School of Public Affairs & Administration, Professor, University of Kansas

Ruth Buffalo Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (testimony)

Representative, North Dakota House of Representatives

Mary Kathryn Nagle, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (testimony)

Legal Counsel, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)

Mary Kathryn Nagle is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She is partner at Pipestem Law, P.C. where she specializes in federal Indian law and appellate litigation. Nagle co-authored and filed an amicus brief in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on behalf of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and more than one hundred organizations working to end domestic violence and sexual assault. As counsel to the NIWRC, Nagle has drafted and filed numerous briefs in the United States Supreme Court articulating the connection between preserving tribal sovereignty and ensuring safety for Native women and children. Nagle also has extensive experience with numerous laws that protect the rights of American Indians, including the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Nagle works out of Pipestem Law’s Washington, D.C. office. 

Tami Jerue, Anvik Tribe (testimony)

Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center

NIWRC Collaborates with Rematriation Magazine

Rematriation Magazine is honored to partner with The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Joanne Shenandoah and #WhyWeWearRed Media Coalition, to support The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women On May 5th, 2019.

A study released by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that some tribal communities American Indian Women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the National average. Over the last decade awareness of the national issue has increased but more must be done to stop the disappearance and demand change at the tribal, federal and state levels.

EXPLOREhttps://rematriation.com/mmiw/ 

NWRC Staff at MMIW Events on May 5th, 2019