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Yá'át'ééh shik'èí dóó shidine'è.
Greetings, relatives.

Today is the National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S.

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.

StrongHearts is a culturally-appropriate, anonymous, confidential service dedicated to serving Native American survivors of domestic violence and concerned family members and friends. By dialing 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483), nationwide 24/7, callers can connect at no cost one-on-one with StrongHearts advocates who can provide immediate support. The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center lists these resources on their website and the Department of Interior’s Missing and Murdered Unit can be found here.

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It’s been five years since the city of Portland organized its first week of events aimed at increasing awareness of the high rates at which Indigenous people are murdered or go missing in Oregon and nationwide.

Despite some changes to address the problem at the local, state and federal levels since then, the problem persists, said Laura John, the city’s tribal relations director. Now the city is hosting its fifth year of events to continue raising awareness while shifting the conversation toward intervention and prevention. READ MOREChris Aadland, & Indian Country Today


When Cielo Magdalena Gómez López, Maya Tseltal, first arrived in the U.S. from Mexico in 2005, she was surprised at how many other Mayan people she met in her new home of Tampa, Florida. Trained to teach English as a second language, Gómez López quickly became the de facto interpreter, translator, and advocate for the Indigenous Mexican community in Tampa, many of who spoke Tsotsil and Tseltal but no English or Spanish. “It was like taking care of my little brothers and sisters,” she said. “We were all going through the same struggles.” READ MOREJoseph Lee, Grist

Cherrah Giles, Muscogee and Cherokee, is the board chairwoman of the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center. The mission of the center is to end violence against Native women. The organization has hosted an entire week of events to bring awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous people.

ICT's national correspondent Joaqlin Estus has compiled a list of events, both in-person and virtually, to bring awareness to MMIP awareness day.

Kirby Williams, Cherokee, is an anti-violence activist and consultant. She focuses most of her work on serving Native survivors affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, human trafficking, and stalking.

A former leader of a Massachusetts Native American tribe was convicted Thursday of bribery and extortion charges related to the tribe's long-planned casino project, federal prosecutors said.

But Cedric Cromwell, former leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag, was cleared by the federal jury in Boston of some charges, including one count of extortion and a count of bribery conspiracy, prosecutors said.

David DeQuattro, Cromwell's co-defendant and the owner of an architecture firm in Providence, Rhode Island, was also similarly convicted of bribery but cleared of other charges, according to the office of Rachael Rollins, U.S. attorney for Massachusetts.

The two will be sentenced at a later date. READ MORE Associated Press

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