Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to Guide our Advocacy for Change
The issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women has affected countless lives across the Native communities. To help your community stay informed, we are sharing two important resources from our colleagues at the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC):
A webinar today, May 2, at 3:00 p.m. EST convening a panel of experts to discuss this important topic. Registration and more information are available on the NIWRC website.
MMIW Special Collection Resource Page, which was developed to highlight the issues, resources and other suggestions for addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG): http://www.niwrc.org/resources/special-collection-missing-murdered-indigenous-women-girls
From 1979 to 1992, homicide was the third-leading cause of death of Indian females from the ages of 15 to 34, and 75 percent of those homicides were committed by family members or acquaintances.
In 2005, the movement for safety of Native women resulted in the “Safety for Indian Women” being introduced and included under the Violence Against Women Act. A recent 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. While over the last decade awareness of this national issue has increased, more must be done to stop disappearances and save lives.