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Indian Health Service

May 5 was Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day. Tragically, missing and murdered Native Americans stems from the disproportionately high rates of violence and crime committed against Native women and girls. 

To bring attention to this issue that has deeply affected Native communities across the country, Administration for Native Americans Commissioner Jeannie Hovland and Indian Health Service Director Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee released a public service announcement to highlight some of the prevention tools and resources available for those in crisis or in need of healing. “Our strength is in our cultures and traditions, our languages, and our knowledge of who we are as Native peoples. We want to honor our relatives that we have lost,” said Hovland. “Together we will end this crisis.”

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Learn more about Operation Lady Justice, the Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, at