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Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to Guide our Advocacy for Change

Published Date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to Guide our Advocacy for Change

During the period of 1979 through 1992, homicide was the third-leading cause of death of Indian females aged 15 to 34, and 75 percent were killed by family members or acquaintances. In 2005, the movement for safety of Native women resulted in the “Safety for Indian Women” being included under the Violence Against Women Act.  A study released by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that in some tribal communities, American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average. Over the last decade awareness of this national issue has increased but more must be done to stop disappearances and save lives.  Please join us on May 5th, 2019, as we honor missing and murdered Indigenous women and together increase our national awareness and demand change at the tribal, federal and state levels.

Facilitated by Rose Quilt, J.D., Director of Policy and Research, NIWRC
Presenters:
•    Cherrah Giles, Board Chairwoman, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
•    Malinda Limberhand (Northern Cheyenne), Mother of Hanna Harris
•    Juana Majel Dixon, National Congress of American Indians Violence Against Women Task Force Co-Chair
•    Michelle Demmert, National Congress of American Indians Violence Against Women Task Force Co-Chair
•    Virginia Davis, Senior Policy Advisor, National Congress of American Indians
•    Tami Jerue, Executive Director, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center
•    Carmen O’Leary, Executive Director, Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains
•    Leanne Guy, Executive Director, Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition
•    Christopher Foley, Staff Attorney, Indian Law Resource Center