Missing, Murdered, and Indigenous: We will march in North Carolina, May 4, 2019
Support Our Arthritic Kids
On Saturday May 4th, Support Our Arthritic Kids and Saponi Stickball will host a Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women’s March at the General Assembly Building in Raleigh, North Carolina, to commemorate the National Day of Awareness on May 5. This march is a call to action for activists, supporters and citizens to raise awareness, attention and bring justice to the many women and girls who have disappeared or have been murdered.
A disturbing number of Indigenous women and girls disappear and/or are murdered each year. Due to the absence of consistent, standardized reporting on the issue, researchers have been prevented from gaining a true understanding of this epidemic. By targeting urban areas and communities in North Carolina, we believe this march will highlight how poor data collection, lack of prosecution, and institutional/systemic racism have become ingrained and contributing factors to the neglect of Native American Communities in North Carolina.
According to one of the organizers, Crystal Cavalier, “We are walking with our ancestors behind us, and our Creator before us. When our native women rise and heal, we all rise and heal. Please prepare your signs, banners, remember to wear RED shirts, hats, and/or Regalia.”
North Carolina has the largest Native American population East of the Mississippi and in 2010 there were more than 122,000+ Native Americans residing in the state, according to the United States Census. Another point of great significance to the study was the profound challenges encountered while attempting to obtain case records. Nearly half of municipal police departments failed to respond at all or within the designated time frame required of public disclosure requests. In North Carolina, racial misclassification was common, with some victims classified as “Black”, “White”, or “Hispanic”. Often, Native women and girls from tribes that are not federally recognized were not identified as Native at all.
Despite race typically being used as a classifier when crimes are reported, a few cities were unable to identify Native American, Alaska Native, or American Indian people in their database. Shining a light on all the causes of violence, murders, and disappearances is a daunting task.
But it is a necessary one. We are exposing hard truths about the devastating impacts of colonization, racism, and sexism.
If you are interested in participating, please RSVP at www.mmiwnc.com.