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Indigenous Nations Heritage Month


You are invited: May 4, 2023 | 11:00 am | MU Patio

May 5, 2020

The Library is honored to join MCC and the American Indian Institute for a National Day of Awareness:



On April 25, 2018, Senate Resolution 401 was passed without amendment, designating May 5th as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. The resolution was drafted in memory of Hanna Harris (Northern Cheyenne) who was murdered July 2013. It was first introduced in April 2016, on the same day that RoyLynn Rides Horse (Crow) passed away after having been beaten, burned, and left in a field to die. Nearly 200 tribal, national, and state organizations supported this resolution.

Throughout tribal communities, women face murder rates more than 10 times the national average. Last November 2019, the American Indian Institute (A.I.I.), and amazing library staff at MCC’s Southern/Dobson and Red Mountain campuses, partnered to educate the campus and community about this often-invisible issue, by creating a dynamic display of red t-shirts and a library webpage full of statistical information, videos, books, and other information as a means to raise awareness. Read more about that HERE.

With over 6000 cases of missing and murdered women/girls in the United States, just over 500 have been identified specifically as missing and murdered. With thousands reported every year very little is being done to investigate and typically the process is long, arduous, and often not taken seriously. In AZ alone there are 54 identified cases.

As we shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 protocols, continued information shows that ugly acts of domestic violence continue to occur. So, on May 5, 2020 we ask you join MCC's American Indian Institute on the national day of awareness and to highlight this issue affecting Native American communities around the country.

If you would be willing to participate, please consider the following:

  1. Wear RED on May 5th & post a photo on social media with the hashtags: #Mesacc and #MMIW
  2. Host a prayer circle or candlelight vigil on May 5th
  3. Post a list of names of missing sisters from your community
  4. Create a living memorial - hang a red dress or t-shirt outside your house
  5. Register to participate in the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center’s webinar: Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


REDress Project:


Several recent reports are shedding light on the grossly under-reported epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIW). The intersecting issues driving this issue are many. You are invited to browse this guide and build your own understanding about why the cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls are ignored. 

To get started, let's hear from two vanguard researchers, Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne descent) and Abigail Echo-Hawk (enrolled member of the Kitkehahki band of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma), who collected data from around the country as reported in their 2018 and 2019 publications. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The Researchers The Video The 2018 Report The 2019 Report

Researcher Annita Lucchesi, left, and Abigail Echo-Hawk, of the Urban Indian Health Institute, collected and analyzed data about missing and murdered Native American women and girls across the United States. Lucchesi is a doctoral student at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and a Southern Cheyenne descendant. Echo-Hawk is an enrolled member of the Kitkehahki band of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

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MMIWG: We Demand More

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Additional reports and corresponding webinars:

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. June 2019.

Sexual Violence Among Native Women: A Public Health EmergencySeptember 2018.

Our Bodies, Our Stories: Sexual Violence Among Native Women in Seattle, WA, Urban Indian Health Institute, February 2018
Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, André B. Rosay, Ph.D., May 2016.
MAZE OF INJUSTICE The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA, Amnesty International, 2006

Webinar: Decolonizing Data: Strengthening Community Voices to Take Action for Our Missing Relatives

A June 5, 2019 webinar (1:06 minutes) in partnership with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) where you can learn how to enter your missing Native loved ones’ information into the NamUs database.


Webinar: Who Counts? Racial Misclassification and American Indians/Alaska Natives

In this June 2019 1-hour webinar, learn about racial misclassification of American Indians/Alaska Natives in data and the consequences for systemic inequities in healthcare. Key Concept: Indigenous Data Sovereignty -- The right to govern the collection, ownership, and application of one's own data.


Webinar: Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey By André B. Rosay, Ph.D., Director Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, May 18, 2016


Testimony: Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Hearing

March 14, 2019

American Indian and Alaska Native women have murder rates 10 times the national average, yet cases of missing and murdered women are often ignored. Join us this Thursday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m. as our Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States looks for solutions to end the cycle of violence against Native women.

The MCC Libraries offers resources to learn about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls, including streaming video, articles, and books.  Please find a selection here and remember to login with your MEID when off campus.

Select Streaming Videos

FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention – and one which is surprisingly similar to the situation in Ciudad Juarez, on the other side of the U.S. border. Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson and Daleen Kay Bosse are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 years. Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh embarks on an epic journey to shed light on these murders and disappearances that remain unresolved to this day. She begins at Vancouver’s skid row where more than 60 poor women disappeared and travels to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia where more than two dozen women (all but one Native) have vanished. This engrossing film illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women. It highlights the disturbing, world-wide culture of impunity that allows murders of women – especially those who are poor, indigenous, or sex workers – to go unsolved and unpunished. Available in the MCC Library streaming video database, Kanopy, this 74 minute film is embedded her for your convenience.

Films on Demand

Violence Against Indigenous Women (Segment) - 03:29

Select Articles

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Visit any of these websites for information on
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls:



Media Portrayals of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women




4 out of 5 of our Native women are affected by violence today.



The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Database



When compared to national averages Indigenous women are:

• 2 ½ times more likely to be assaulted
• 2 times more likely to be stalked
• 5 times more likely to experience interracial violence
• 10 times more likely to be murdered (on some reservations)
• More than 1 in 3 (or 34.1 %) Indigenous women will be raped in her lifetime
• 6 in 10 Indigenous women will be physically assaulted

These statistics reflect the normalization of violence against Indigenous women in this country. Indian Law attorney, Sarah Deer, notes that, “Predators may target Native women and girls precisely because they are perceived as marginalized and outside the protection of the American legal system.” Jurisdictional issues, as well as federal law and policies, have impacted Indigenous women on reservations and outside of reservation boundaries in tragic ways. The statistics about violence against Indigenous women is alarming. However, the lack of general awareness is equally, if not more, disturbing. 



As UN Rapporteur Wraps Up Official Visit, Coalition calls for Immediate Government Action to Address MMIW crisis


Ongoing Systemic Inequalities and Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada


Native Leaders Bring Attention to Impact of Fossil Fuel Industry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls


The Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women 


2,500 Native Women Murdered Or Missing May 28, 2018

At least 2,500 Native-American women have been murdered or they've gone missing in North America since 1900. There are likely many more, but many Native women go unreported. One researcher is trying to change that...

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty has worked to pass tougher legislation against sex trafficking and sexual assault.


S.Res.401 - A resolution designating May 5, 2018 as the "National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls".


Not just justice: inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women needs public health input from the start



Annita Lucchesi
Doctoral Student
Research Consultant



Honoring Loretta Saunders by Annita Lucchesi





The crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women: The response to a disproportionate problem is falling short.



NIJ Report






Osage Director talks about missing and murdered Native women on movie panel [Wind River]





VAWA 2013’s Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ) Five-Year Report



At Women’s Marches, a spotlight on missing and murdered Indigenous women


Bill Aimed At Addressing Violence Against Indigenous Women Takes First Steps In Senate



21-year-old Ashley Loring went missing from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana in June of 2017.

“NEWSWORTHY” VICTIMS? Exploring differences in Canadian local press coverage of missing/murdered Aboriginal and White women 


Symbolic and Discursive Violence in Media Representations of Aboriginal Missing and Murdered Women

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