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The NIWRC is committed to building our movement to address this crisis. The MMIW is now in the public eye because of the actions of the tribal grassroots and leaders. “Together, we call for prayer and healing for the families in response to this violence,” said Lucy Simpson, Executive Director of the NIWRC. “We call for meaningful legislative reforms to remove the legal barriers to safety for Indian women. We call on lawmakers to restore the sovereign authority of tribal nations to fully protect women and their children.”
The NIWRC envisions a return to Indigenous values where women are respected, honored, and recognized as sacred. We lift up our prayers for the families of MMIWG victims that tirelessly advocate for their loved ones, as well as the advocates and allies that continue the hard and meaningful work to provide safety to Native women.
The NIWRC has developed a collection of resources to highlight the issues, concerns, recommendations for addressing missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls within our communities. This special collection organizes information, resources, and curricula drawn from the wealth of knowledge of NIWRC and our sister organizations, partners, experts from the field, and other allies.
This collection is offered to provide resources on cultural issues, national sources, statistics, topical issues and approaches, existing programs, and other available materials to create awareness and promote important discussions about MMIWG. This Special Collection is primarily designed for domestic violence programs, sexual assault programs, sex trafficking programs, tribal coalitions, tribal leaders, educators, advisors, and community members to obtain resources to use in the development and delivery of services. The families of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls may access this toolkit directly. It is intended to assist readers in locating advocates and providing the information they can share with professionals, schools, or resources to use for their own MMIW outreach projects.
RESOURCES for Addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women:
LISTEN: “Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to Guide our Advocacy for Change” at https://bit.ly/2Mq4ZZ9.
DOWNLOAD: “Wear Red for MMIW” digital postcards and share on your social media with hashtags: #MMIW, #MMIWG, #WhyWeWearRed at https://bit.ly/2Iyzkn7.
WATCH: NIWRC’s 2019 Wear Red Slide Show for MMIWG May 5th social media campaign at https://youtu.be/eCloku5VWfw.
DOWNLOAD: “Tribal Community Response When a Woman is Missing: A Toolkit for Action,” at https://bit.ly/2JdJ7hG.
SHARE: Help us get the word out to our relatives in need! The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a safe, confidential, and free helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives impacted by domestic violence and dating violence. Trained Native advocates offer emotional support, crisis intervention, assistance with safety planning, and a connection to local Native resources. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, get free, confidential support and referrals to resources by calling 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483), available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST nationwide. Callers reaching out after hours may connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1−800−799−7233) by selecting option 1. For more information go to www.strongheartshelpline.org
EXPLORE: The NIWRC has developed a collection of resources to highlight the issues, concerns, recommendations, and resources for addressing missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls within our communities. The MMIW Special Resource Collection provides NIWRC’s resources and organizes information and resources from the wealth of knowledge of NIWRC’s sister organizations, partners, experts from the field, and other allies at https://bit.ly/2IwrMBb.