Increasing Visibility of Oklahoma’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Tribal community unites to share stories of heartbreak, hope, and resilience
RED ROCK – The Native Alliance Against Violence is partnering with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians Victim Services program for the 2nd Annual Sharing of Stories: Increasing Visibility of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The event will take place on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the 7 Clans Paradise Casino at 7500 Highway 177, Red Rock, OK 74651.
The event will honor the memory of Oklahoma’s missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW), address the correlation between the disproportionately high rates of domestic and sexual violence and MMIW, and how we can take steps to increase safety for Native women and girls.
According to a report by the Urban Indian Health Institute, murder is the third-leading cause of death among American Indian women. This same report also lists Oklahoma as one of the top ten states with the highest number of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
“We invite you to join us in this display of community strength. The Sharing of Stories event is your opportunity to show the families of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls that the tribal community is willing to support them and walk beside them in their journey”, said Dawn Stover, Executive Director of the Native Alliance Against Violence.
The event is free and open to the public and will feature keynote speaker, Renee Bourque, the Program Manager for the Tribal Resource Tool at the National Center for Victims of Crime. The event will also include remarks from John R. Shotton, the Chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, and a special cultural moment to honor the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Oklahoma.
“Yes, the statistics are startling, but these MMIW are so much more than a number. We are talking about someone’s mother, sister, daughter, or friend, and they deserved to be remembered”, said Stover.