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May 5 is National Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls Awareness Day, a time when the Indigenous community and our allies wear red and gather to remember, honor, and give voice to women whose stories have not been heard. Congress passed a resolution creating the designation to honor Hanna Harris, Northern Cheyenne, who went missing and was found murdered on the Cheyenne Reservation in July 2013.

Upcoming events and resources are listed below.

EVENTS

Virtual

  • What: National Week of Action. The National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the MMIW Family Advisors are organizing a National Week of Action to call the nation and the world to action in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Take action by participating in these virtual events and organizing additional actions in your communities on and around May 5th.
  • When: Saturday April 29 – Friday, May 5. April 29: Launch week of awareness and national briefing of crisis; May 2: uplifting Native Hawaiin women victims and survivors; May 3: spotlight Alaskan women; May 4: understanding international law and virtual race honoring missing and murdered Indigenous women; May 5: #MMIWActionNow Twitter storm, Twitter chat and an event uplifting voices of victims' families and survivors. For more information on these events, visit niwrc.org/mmiwnatlweek22.
  • What: Voices Rising: Uplifting Native Hawaiian Women Survivors and Victims Missing or Murdered. Nā leo mana: Paepae ʻia Nā Wahine Maoli Nā mea ola o ka ʻino weliweli kūloko ʻohana pau pū me nā luapoʻi nalowale a i ʻole make. This webinar will give a voice to survivors, fallen victims, and their ohana as Missing and Murdered Native Hawaiian Women remains a form of violence and oppression that was introduced and implemented by foreigners or non-Native Hawaiians to control and silence Native Hawaiian women.
  • When: Mon, May 2, 2022, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
  • What: Spotlight Alaska and the Crisis of MMIWG 2022 . A focused panel discussion led by Michelle Demmert on work being done to combat the current crisis of trafficking and MMIWG in Alaska. The panel will highlight Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center partnerships with organizations and the collective work they do together utilizing each other’s strengths.We will look at AKNWRC’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: An Action Plan for Alaska Native Communities.
  • When: Tue, May 3 2022, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • What: Using International Law to Respond to VAIW and the MMIWG Crisis. The MMIW crisis in America is not just the result of the failures of our criminal justice system, it is a result of systemic violations of indigenous women’s human rights. The presentation will review the international legal framework applicable to MMIW and other forms of violence committed against indigenous women.
  • When: Wed, May 4 2022, 11am – 12:30 p.m.
  • What: Running for Justice: Remembering Missing and Murdered Relatives, virtual and live event; 5k, 10k, and half-marathon, Washington DC and Los Angeles
  • When: Wed, May 4 – Sun, May 8
  • What: MMIW Action Now Twitter Storm Join the conversation to take action against the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and help call for justice!
  • When: Thur, May 5 10 a.m. MDT
  • What: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women National Day of Action: Uplifting the voices of MMIW Surviving Families. By learning from the experiences of surviving family members of MMIW, the movement can work to achieve the reforms needed to safeguard the lives of Indigenous women and strengthen the authority of Indian nations to protect their citizens.
  • When: Thur, May 5, 11–12:30 MDT
  • Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco will recognize National Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day with a virtual event to highlight the Not Invisible Act Commission. The commission is a cross jurisdictional advisory committee composed of law enforcement, Tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, family members of missing and murdered individuals, and most importantly — survivors.
  • When: May 5, 2 p.m. ET
  • Where: Interior Department’s website

  • What: Native Women Running is hosting a virtual race to honor missing and murdered Indigenous women. People can run, walk, bike, hike or do any movement to honor MMIW victims and their families. What: Verna Volker created Native Women Running in 2018 to increase Indigenous visibility. Visit Nativewomenrunning.com/events to sign up and donate. Post a photo of yourself participating in the race and use the hashtags #MMIW or #MMIWG2S or #nativewomenrunning to show your support.
  • When: May 5 through May 8
  • What: Native Girls Rock, an organization that empowers Native women and girls, is hosting a "Save our Sisters" virtual panel via Facebook Live. Attendees will hear from Pamela Young-Jacobs (chairwoman of Waccamaw Siouan Tribe of North Carolina), Aminah Ghaffar (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), Joy Rector (Waccamaw Siouan Tribe of North Carolina) and Kristian Young (Waccamaw Siouan Tribe of North Carolina). Visit the Native Girls Rock Facebook page for more information.
  • When: Tues, May 3, 5 p.m. MDT
  • What: Release of “Keeping Us Whole: Addressing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People,” Podcast Series, Administration for Native Americans
  • When: May 5, 202

EVENTS BY LOCATION

(Some courtesy of the Great Falls Tribune)

ARIZONA

  • What: Matriarchy Out Loud: Bringing awareness and healing for our people
  • Screenings of the new documentary “Sisters Rising“ and the new short documentary “Vivas Nos Queremos (We want us alive)” plus a panel and a live musical performance by artist/activist MC Vera. Frybread and other delicious food will be available.
  • When: Thur, May 5, 4 p.m.
  • Where: The Loft Cinema in Tucson, sponsored by HONOR Collective, and Indigenous Strategies.
  • What: Silent No More event to honor & bring awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous People #MMIP. Informational booths, educational workshops, event speakers, memorial walk, entertainment, lighting of the Capital,
  • When: Thur, May 5, 2 – 8 p.m.
  • Where: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St, Phoenix. #PhxIndCenter #Phoenix #Arizona #SilentNoMore
  • What: Navajo Nation missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives tribunal. Attendees will hear from victims' families and survivors. The public testimony will be recorded and sent to political leaders. The event also features film screenings of "Somebody's Daughter" and "Say Her Name."
  • When: May 5-6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST
  • Where: Navajo Nation Museum, Hwy 264 and Loop Road, Window Rock, AZ

  • Indigi Wellbeing presents: 2nd Annual Southern Arizona MMIP Awareness 5K run/walk
  • When: Sat, May 7, 6 a.m. MDT
  • Brandi Fenton Park, Tucson Arizona

CALIFORNIA

  • What: The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians is hosting a lighting ceremony to honor victims and families. The building will be lit red to honor missing and murdered Indigenous people and guest speakers will address the audience. People are encouraged to wear red.
  • When: Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. PT
  • Where: San Diego County Administration Building (1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego)
  • What: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives National Day of Action. #MMIWR–LA, Los Angeles City Hall lighting, candlelight vigil with speakers, songs and guests including Tia Wood. Live screen printing, film screening: “Women of the White Buffalo,”
  • When: May 5, 5:30–9:30 p.m. PDT,
  • Where: City Hall, Grand Park Lawn, 200 N. Spring St., LA California

CANADA

  • What: 5k walk raising awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous people. Participants are encouraged to wear red and make signs. There will be an opening prayer and other speakers before the walk begins.
    When: Thursday, May 5 at 3 p.m. PDT. 
  • Where: Prince George, BC, Canada
  • What: National Day of Awareness for Missing, Murdered, Exploited Indigenous People, “Reclaiming Power & Place,” Native Calgarian, Mohkinstis MMEIP Red Ribbon and Dress/Shirt Day #familiesfirst
  • When: May 5
  • Where: 200 Memorial Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • What: Matawa First Nation Red Dress Day Memorial walk. Opening remarks and prayers by Elder John Gagnon, Matawa Drum Group, tobacco offerings, coffee, tea, light snack and PPE.
  • When: May 5, 5–6:30 p.m.
  • Where: 523 Algoma Street South, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

ILLINOIS

  • What: Red dress display and prayer gatherings to honor missing and murdered Indigenous women. Prayer gatherings will be held at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • When: Thursday, May 5 at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT
  • Where: First United Methodist Church (1133 Main St. Mount Vernon, IL

KANSAS

  • What: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Actions for Justice Week, University of Kansas
  • When: April 30-May 5
  • What: Free Self-Defense Seminar,
  • When: May 2, 6 p.m.
  • Where: Lawrence High School, Main Gym, 1901 Louisiana St., Lawrence, KS
  • Honoring MMIW Actions for Justice Walk and Proclamation Reading,
  • When: Tuesday, May 3, 4 p.m.
  • Where: Walk from KU campus to Lawrence City Hall, Meet at Watson Library, Lawrence, KS.
  • MMIW Forum and Discussion
  • Wed, May 4, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Haskell/Parker Hall Room 110, KU, Lawrence, KS

  • What: MMIW Awareness Day and Honor Walk,
  • When: Thurs, May 5
  • Where: Haskell Indian Nations University Sunrise Fire Lighting, Prayer, Tipi Raising. 6 p.m. Honor Walk to Medicine Wheel
  • What: Wescoe Beach Tabling, learn how you can bring awareness to this movement.
  • When: May 2,3,4
  • Where: Kansas University Campus

MONTANA

  • See list of events in Great Falls, Fort Peck, Hardin, Bozeman, and Missoula at Great Falls Tribune

MICHIGAN

  • What: March to honor missing relatives. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians are hosting a march to honor missing relatives.
  • When: Thursday, May 5 from noon to 3 p.m. EDT
  • Where: Ah-Nab-Awen Park (220 Front Avenue Northwest Grand Rapids, MI)

MINNESOTA

  • What: Community gathering and tower lighting. Details: The City of Duluth's Enger Tower will be lit red to honor victims and families.
  • When: Thursday, May 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT
  • Where: City of Duluth Enger Tower (Enger Tower Dr.)

NAVAJO

  • What: Two-day Navajo Nation Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relaties Tribunal featuring multi-state tribal leaders hearing testimony and discussion with experts, survivors, families, tribal leaders, advvocates, fresh statistics, and a screening of the groundbreaking film, “Somebody’s Daughter.”
  • When: May 5–6
  • Where: Navajo Nation Museum, Highway 264 and Loop Road, Window Rock, Navajo Nation, Arizona

NEW MEXICO

  • What: Hear about the state response plan to missing and murdered Indigenous women. Join the New Mexico Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives Task Force to hear about the response plan to address the crisis.
  • When: Thursday, May 5
  • Where: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM)

  • What: Join Three Sisters Collective in conjunction with the National Day of Awareness for MMIR for a blessing, guest speakers and performers, candlelight vigil, prayer, closing remarks
  • When: May 5, 5 –8 p.m.
  • Where: State Capital, O’ga Pogeh plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico

NEW YORK

  • .@UAlbany Indigenous Students Association (@ ualbany.isa on insta) is sponsoring We Wear Red on May 5 for National Missing & Murdered Indigenous People Awareness Day. UAlbany students, faculty, and staff can wear red with ISA to show support.
  • When: May 5

NORTH CAROLINA

  • What: The MMIW North Carolina Coalition and Eastern Woodland Lacross are hosting the fourth annual rally for missing and murdered Indigenous women. There will be speakers and performers at the event. For more information, email info@mmiwnc.com.
  • When: Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. EDT
  • Where: Northeast Park (3421 NE Park Dr., Gibsonville, NC)

OHIO

  • What: "Why we wear red" workshop on missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis. Leilani Clark, Afro-Indigenous poet and activist, will help lead a workshop to build awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
  • When: Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
  • Where: Peaslee Neighborhood Center (215 East 14th St. Cincinnati, OH)

SOUTH DAKOTA

  • What: Red candle vigil honoring missing and murdered Indigenous people. South Dakota Urban Indian Health is hosting a red candle vigil to bring awareness to the crisis and demand change. Participants will receive a red felt pin and a red candle to honor missing and murdered relatives.
  • When: Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. MDT
  • Where: 300 N. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, SD

TEXAS

  • What: Supporting Indigenous Sisters: An International Print Exchange exhibition
  • By Artstillery and MMIW Texas Rematriate, curated by Prof. Melanie Yazzie, Univ. of Colorado and Prof. Catherine Prose, Midwestern Univ. Conversation with Jodi Yellowfish May 14, 7 p.m.
  • When: May 5–14,
  • Where: Artstillery, 723 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, Tx

WASHINGTON

  • What: Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and Families is hosting a national day of awareness event, featuring speakers, traditional food vendors, t-shirts and dance. Deborah Maytubee-Shipman, founder of MMIW USA, will be among the speakers at this event.
  • When: Saturday, May 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Where: Othello Park (4351 S Othello St. Seattle, WA)

WISCONSIN

  • What: The Intertribal Student Council at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay campus is hosting a candlelight vigil to honor victims and families. People are encouraged to wear red.
  • When: Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. CT
  • Where: University of Wisconsin Green Bay Phoenix Park (2420 Nicolet Dr, Green Bay, WI)

RESOURCES

Check out these resources from the National Indigenous Women’s Resources Center (NIWRC) and others.

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