May 5th, 2019

Rematriation Magazine is honored to partner with The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Joanne Shenandoah and #WhyWeWearRed Media Coalition, to support The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women On May 5th, 2019.

A study released by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that some tribal communities American Indian Women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the National average. Over the last decade awareness of the national issue has increased but more must be done to stop the disappearance and demand change at the tribal, federal and state levels.

Below is more information, action you can take, as well as the exclusive opportunity to watch the new video released by Joanne Shenandoah.

Photo Credit: Jane Feldman

Rematriation Magazine is honored to present Joanne Shenandoah’s newly released music video titled, Missing You. The world premier screening and discussion will be held on May 5th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Syracuse University‘s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in the Halmi Screening Room (N3 room 141) Syracuse, NY. Please consider wearing red if you plan to attend.

Statement by National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
May 2, 2019

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center’s New Resources in Support of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) is providing new resources, including the 2019 Call to Action to support a National Day of Awareness for MMIWG, a MMIW Special Collections Resource Page, a MMIW Webinar scheduled on May 2nd, updated MMIW digital awareness cards and a slideshow encouraging tribal communities to wear red on May 5th to raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

The NIWRC continues to support organizing efforts, from the grassroots to national level, to address the horrific ongoing violence committed against Native women and girls, particularly the reports of those missing and murdered. S. Res. 144 introduced by Senator Daines, and joined by Senators Tester, Hoeven, Rounds, Warren, Gardner, Crapo, Lankford, and Murkowski is a resolution designating May 5, 2019 as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. The NIWRC not only calls for signatures in support of the resolution but also calls on the movement to join efforts to urge a House resolution.

The NIWRC continues to honor the survival and resiliency of our Indigenous sisters, grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and aunties, despite enduring generations of forced colonization and genocide. Homicide is a leading cause of death for Native women and compared to their white counterparts, Native women are five times as likely to have experienced physical violence by a non-Native intimate partner. Gender-based violence against Native women and girls has been wrongfully normalized in this country since contact. Historically, rape of Native women was not considered a crime and continues to result in minimal response by the federal government. This lack of response increases the vulnerability of Native women and girls to predators and abusers.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls continues to be a serious crisis within the United States. “Together, we call for prayer and healing for the families in response to this violence,” said Lucy Simpson, Executive Director of the NIWRC. “But we also demand meaningful legislative reforms that remove barriers to safety for Indian women by recognizing and strengthening the sovereign ability of all tribal nations to protect Indian women and their children.”

The NIWRC envisions a return to Indigenous values where women are 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 tireless advocates and allies that continue the hard and meaningful work to provide safety to Native women. We join together to call upon the United States and its people to remember that women are sacred and must be treated with dignity and respect.

TAKE ACTION!
RESOURCES LIST
For Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls:

#WhyWeWearRed

NATIVE WOMEN IN FILM TAKE ON THE SUBJECT OF MURDERED & MISSING and Lack of Inclusion in film and television for Native women.

#WhyWeWearRED A Global Call to Action and Media Coalition initiative that aims to bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women & Girls and the lack of inclusion of Native Women in Film & Television.

Other issues Indigenous Women face:  sexual harassment, assault, human trafficking, inequality for women in all kinds of workplaces, violence against the land is violence against women.

Violence against Native women has reached epidemic proportions. Four in five Native women will be the victims of violence during their lifetimes.  Native women remain the most underrepresented minority in the industry.

“We are going into our 16th year of lack of inclusion of Native actresses on episodic television,” – stated actress, founder of Native Women in FILM, AMPAS member, “16 years since America has seen a native actress on television in any role, be it star, guest star, co-star, or extra etc. #TimesUP.  When we don’t see Native Women in media and we are not seen in the big picture that implies we don’t matter, our lives don’t matter. I am a survivor of sexual assault. I was kidnapped held hostage for over a week, drugged to unconscious and after about 10 days at a moment of conscious I begged them to let me go. I am here to tell my story and speak for the ones who can’t — Not One More Stolen Sister.”  

Why We Wear RED and its Media Coalition is an advocacy group working to promote freedoms for Indigenous Women, ensure their human rights, and protect American Indian culture and the environment.

About the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to restoring the sovereignty of Native nations and safeguarding Native women and their children. The NIWRC supports culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy and provides national leadership to ending gender-based violence in indigenous communities through the development of educational materials and programs, direct technical assistance and the development of local and national policy that builds the capacity of Indigenous communities and strengthens the exercise of tribal sovereignty. www.niwrc.org

About Why We Wear Red

Why We Wear RED and its Media Coalition is an advocacy group working to promote freedoms for Indigenous Women, ensure their human rights, and protect American Indian culture and the environment.

Founded on January 7, 2018, by founder Joanelle Romero of Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI), is the longest standing Native Arts & Cultural nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles & New Mexico, with strong bases of support in North America and Europe.

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