Today, May 5th, is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People. Sometimes abbreviated as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) or Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR).
I did not become aware of this myself until I had opportunities to spend time with Native Americans in Indianapolis, and when I retired to Iowa in 2017.
Christine Nobiss and Donnielle Wanatee spoke about this when we were in Minneapolis in February, 2018, to bring attention to U.S. Bank’s continued funding of fossil fuel projects. There is a relationship between the man camps at construction sites for pipelines, and missing and murdered relatives.
Christine also spoke at some of the Poor Peoples’ Campaign events.
This became personal to me as I learned more about it from my new friend, Matthew Lone Bear during the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March in September, 2018.. He told me about his work using drones to search for missing people, including at least one person close to him. People like Matt spend months and months searching. That is also highlighted in the video above.
Also on the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March, Foxy Onefeather carried a sign about missing and murdered Indigenous women.