NIWRC Releases A New Resource! “Special Collections: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls”

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) is excited to announce the release of the Special Collections: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls in the NIWRC Online Resource Library! This Special Collection is developed to highlight the issues, concerns, recommendations, and resources for addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG) within our…

A Tribal Perspective on the Crisis of Alaska Native Women and MMIW

In the face of thousands of abductions and murders of Native women, why is a voluntary database acceptable? The government can do better. There are many stories of Alaska Native women and girls that have faced victimization just because they are Indigenous women. Too many of our relatives have suffered abuse and death because of…

Savanna’s Act Calls for Law Enforcement Focus on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Murkowski and Cortez Masto Reintroduce Savanna’s Act

The Savanna’s Act responds to the calls for justice, and the concerns and recommendations for changes to the current failed response to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). The families, communities, and tribes of MMIW have organized nationally and internationally creating a groundswell to hold lawmakers accountable for this crisis. In response…

The “Not Invisible Act of 2019,” Legislation to Increase Coordination Efforts to Address the Crisis of Missing, Murdered and Trafficked Native Women

The Not Invisible Act of 2019 is legislation aimed at addressing the crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked Native people by engaging law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, and service providers and improving coordination across federal agencies. This bipartisan bill will establish an advisory committee of local, tribal and federal stakeholders to make recommendations to the…

A National Day of Awareness: Recognition of the Crisis

This year S. Res. 144 designating May 5th as a National Day of Awareness was introduced by Senator Daines and joined by Senators Tester, Hoeven, Rounds, Warren, Gardner, Crapo, Lankford, and Murkowski. As in 2017 and 2018, the Senate resolution passed by unanimous consent. These National Day of Awareness resolutions acknowledge the wrong done to…

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls #MMIWG

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is a serious crisis within the United States. Organizing efforts, from the grassroots to national level, have brought this issue into the public’s eye. As social justice actions continue to increase across Indian tribes and communities, lawmakers and government departments are being educated and held accountable to make…

A National Vigil Honoring Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

Advocates, tribal leaders, tribal coalitions, allies, and the general public gathered in the Nation’s capital at the National Museum of the American Indian on September 11, to honor Native women and girls who are missing or who have been murdered. The candlelight vigil included a shawl ceremony, a drum circle, and heartfelt prayers. The event…

Leanne Guy, Executive Director, Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Statement National Vigil Honoring Missing and Murdered Native Women

Hello, my name is Leanne Guy. I’m from the Diné Nation in the Four Corners area. My clans are Tó’áhani (Near to Water) and I’m born for Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water). My chei (maternal grandfather) is Tábaahí and my nali (paternal grandfather) is Táchii’nii (Red Running into the Water). I am a mother, grandmother, sister, auntie,…

MMIW and the Need for Preventative Reform

MMIW has received a considerable uptick in interest from mainstream media, the general public and from both Senate and House Representatives in both state and national legislatures. That this issue has been the recipient of new focus and attention, particularly in D.C., is a testament to the families, grassroots advocates, tribes, tribal coalitions, and other…