- By Native News Online Staff
On Wednesday evening, President Joe Biden declared May 5th, 2022 as Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. Events were held across Indian Country to raise awareness of the day and the issue. This year, Indian Country is keeping the fire burning by hosting more events across Indian Country, all this week.
Some are about murdered and missing Indigenous women, others about Indigenous women and girls; some are about Indigenous children, and others are about Indigenous people or relatives. They all have hashtags, and they all have the same tragic thing in common: Too many of our people are missing or murdered.
Here are some of the events happening to remember, and raise awareness, this week. Check back, as we'll update this page often:
May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in the United States. Indigenous women, girls, trans and two-spirit+ people experience violence, sexual assault, go missing, and are murdered at the highest rates of any ethnic group. This epidemic of injustice has become known as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirits+ (MMIWG2S+) crisis. In response to the crisis, the Center for Native American Youth created the Remembering Our Sisters Fellowship.
The Remembering Our Sisters Forum will provide an opportunity for individuals to 1) hear directly from youth leaders about their work in the MMIWG2S+ movement, 2) learn more about the fellowship, and 3) discuss how leaders and philanthropy can support in addressing the crisis and centering youth voice and policy recommendations. During the forum, the Remembering Our Sisters Fellows will release the 2022 Remembering Our Sisters Policy Recommendations.
Featured guests include:
- Erik Stegman, CEO, Native Americans in Philanthropy
- Evynn Richardson, Remembering Our Sisters Fellow
- Maya Sanchez, Remembering Our Sisters Fellow
- Lauren Poterek, Remembering Our Sisters Fellow
- Lily Painter, Remembering Our Sisters Fellow
- Gracie Aragon, Remembering Our Sisters Fellow
- Cordelia Falls Down, Remembering Our Sisters Fellow
- Miracle Spotted Bear, Music Artist
Forum moderated by:
- Mary Kathryn Nagle, Lawyer and Playwright
Join IndigiWellbeing for National Murdered Missing Indigenous People's Day on May 5th for a Symposium featuring international, national, and local leaders. This is a compendium to the MMIP 5K Run/Walk in an effort to provide more information and increase awareness on MMIP.
- Devany Buffalo, Crow Tribe – BIA
- Dr. Hannah McGlade, Kurin Minang Noongar woman of the Bibulman Nation – United Nations; Curtin University
- Delight Satter, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde – CDC
- Lori McPherson – DOJ, Operation Lady Justice
- Melodie Lopez, Hopi/Navajo/Pueblo/Mexican – H.O.N.O.R Collective
- Kim Russell, Navajo Nation – Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care
- Cecilia Rose LaPointe, Crane clan, from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibway – Native Justice Coalition
- Lourdes Escalante, Yaqui – H.O.N.O.R Collective
- Laura Koller – CDC
FREE EVENT, OPEN TO ALL
Must complete the Qualtrics survey below and sign-up on ZOOM to attend:
Qualtrics Survey/Register: https://bit.ly/MMIPSymposium
Register for ZOOM (must complete the survey above first): https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uf-yoqTwvE9LYbpavd2qlkrgQJ928QpHh
Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Felina Cordova-Marks [email protected]
May 5th MMIW Events (or near that date) in Wisconsin or nearby
TU 05/03 MMIW-Save Our Sisters: Speaker Series - North Carolina - Event by Native Girls Rock - Facebook live
WE 05/04 Unmasking: Who Are We? - Main Green Hall, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Renee Gralewicz, Wisconsin MMIW Task Force member, is a guest speaker
TH 05/05 An Indigenous Approach to MMIP Data Collection & Circles Of Care for Survivors online via Facebook
Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) Executive Director Anita Lucchesi will share how SBl gathers data on missing and murdered Indigenous people (MMIP) and provides holistic support services to impacted families across in North America.
TH 05/05 Missing & Murdered Indigenous Peoples Awareness Symposium
University North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND and via Zoom
TH 05/05 MAEHKIW ENÄHPES - Wrap Red around the Capitol for Survivors and Families - Madison, WI
TH 05/05 MMIW 5K (Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women) - LaCrosse, WI
TH 05/05 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women In-person Walk - Legendary Waters Casino, Bayfield, WI
Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention Program, 88385 Pike Rd., Bayfield, WI 54814, (715)779-3706
TH 05/05 National Day of Awareness for MMIWG - Twin Ports (Superior WI / Duluth MN)
ST 05/07 2nd Annual MMIW Walk- Oneida Reservation
May. 7, 2022 - 8:00 AM
Indigenous women experience violence at alarming rates. Thousands of Native women have gone missing or have been murdered in the last decade.
To bring awareness and information about this critical issue, the Choctaw Nation Outreach Services along side the City of Antlers will host a 5K run/1mile awareness walk for the community on May 7, 2022. Join us to honor all Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).
The run will begin at 8:00 AM at the Choctaw Nation Community Center in Antlers. After the run/walk, please join us at the Antlers Community Center for refreshments, door prizes for 5k and 1-mile participants, visit with on-site tribal services programs, Choctaw artists and other retail merchandise booths.
Please register by April 20, 2022 to secure your MMIW T-shirt.
Non P.A.C.E. members please register through the following link and mail payment to the following address.MMIW Walk registration form
Montana State University Honors National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day with May 5 Activities
A slate of free events that honor and inform the community about national Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day of awareness has been scheduled for Thursday, May 5, at Montana State University.
All events are free and open to the public.
“Thoughtful and intentional programming will be available for students, staff, faculty and community members to participate and engage with,” said Maleeya Knows His Gun, an MSU nursing student from Ashland and Miss Indian MSU who is one of the co-chairpersons of the event with Kola Bad Bear. Bad Bear, a community health student from Pryor, is the starting forward on the MSU Bobcats women’s basketball team. Both students are members of the Crow Tribe.
“We wish to honor those in the various spaces of the reality of MMIP, from families and friends of missing relatives to community advocates and allies and to survivors. Our intention is this to be a safe space and one that can offer encouragement, hope and healing,” Knows His Gun said.
The day will begin with a self-guided exhibit, “We Are Still Here, and This Is Our Story," featuring work by Indigenous women artists to honor and advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous people. The self-guided tour will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. in American Indian Hall.
A panel discussion will begin at 10 a.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. Members of the panel include Cheryl Horn, an activist for missing and murdered Indigenous people and member of the Crow Tribe; artist Susan Stewart, who is also a member of the Crow Tribe; Nicholas Ross-Dick, program manager for MSU’s American Indian/Alaskan Native Students Success and a member of the Yakama Nation; and Terrel Alden, a student at Little Big Horn College who is a member of the Crow tribe. Kristie Russette, outreach coordinator and recruitment specialist for the MSU’s Department of Native American Studies and an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe from Rocky Boy, will moderate.
The panel will be followed by a prayer walk from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that will begin and end on the Centennial Mall in the area between American Indian Hall and Roberts Hall. Participants are encouraged to wear red. The planning committee has partnered with the MSU Bookstore to offer apparel that promotes missing and murdered Indigenous people. There will also be a limited number of red T-shirts promoting awareness of the issue available for students who wish to participate in both listening to the panel and the prayer walk.
The prayer walk will be followed by a healing jingle dress and round dance with the Black Whistle Singers in front of American Indian Hall. A lunch will follow the round dance.
A talking circle, open to all, will begin at 2 p.m. in American Indian Hall.
American Indian Hall, located on the east end of the Centennial Mall, opened to the public at the beginning of MSU’s 2022 spring semester. Its ceremonial grand opening was in October.
For more information about MSU’s Department of Native American Studies, go to https://www.montana.edu/nativeamerican/.
Three Potawatomi Nations to Gather in Grand Rapids
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians come together to shatter the silence and give voice to the thousands of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People who deserve to be a national priority. More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women and men have experienced violence in their lifetime and Native women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than ALL other ethnicities, making it the third-leading cause of death for Native women. The Tribes will wear red and march to remember our missing relatives in downtown Grand Rapids at Ah-Nab-Awen Park Thursday, May 5, at` noon.
Who: Hosted by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians. Tribal Members will share their stories and how this crisis has affected them personally. Everyone is welcome.
What: March for awareness and call for justice on the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Day.
When: Noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2022
Where: Ah-Nab-Awen Park at 220 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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