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State of New Mexico Indian Affairs Department

The New Mexico Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives (MMIWR) Task Force will host a public meeting via zoom on Friday, June 25, 2021: "Foundation for Change: Ending Violence Against our Women and Relatives."

The event is open to the public and will provide task force updates and highlight perspectives from community advocates, task force members, tribal leaders, and guest speakers. In addition, the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department will announce new task force members that have been appointed under the newly stated Executive Order signed by Governor Lujan Grisham on May 5 of this year.

During the task force meeting, there will be a special recognition of outgoing task force members that have served since the authorizing legislation was passed in 2019. In addition, Dr. Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear from the Cheyenne Nation will be a guest speaker. Dr. Rodriguez-Lonebear is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles; in addition to her work as an Assistant Professor, she has partnered with Indigenous communities in the U.S. and internationally as a researcher and data advocate.

The event will conclude with a virtual screening of the award-winning documentary "Sisters Rising". "Sisters Rising" is a powerful feature documentary about six Native American women reclaiming personal & tribal sovereignty. The screening link will be available Friday, June 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

What: Virtual New Mexico MMIWR Public Task Force Meeting, "Foundation for Change: Ending Violence Against our Women and Relatives"

When: Friday, June 25, 2021, 9:30 a.m. Mountain Time (U.S. and Canada). Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYodu2prjIsHtABh_Xxh-VHEi42IfrtFmx3

Virtual Movie Screening - "Sisters Rising"

Screening link: https://vimeo.com/464218124

Password: mmiw-nm

The link will be available Friday, June 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

"Sisters Rising" Documentary:

"Sisters Rising" is a powerful feature documentary about six Native American women reclaiming personal & tribal sovereignty. Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women. 1 in 3 Native women report having been raped during her lifetime, and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. These perpetrators exploit gaps in tribal jurisdictional authority and target Native women as 'safe victims.' "Sisters Rising" follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows: a tribal cop in the midst of the North Dakota oil boom, an attorney fighting to overturn restrictions on tribal sovereignty, an Indigenous women's self-defense instructor, grassroots advocates working to influence legislative change and the author of the first anti-sex trafficking code to be introduced to a reservation's tribal court. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.

"The abhorrent violence that is a constant in the lives of Indigenous peoples impacts Indigenous women first," says co-producer Jaida Grey Eagle (Oglala Lakota), "We are on the frontlines of an ongoing legacy of violent colonization, and it is vitally important that the world see and hear us."

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