May 5th is the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIW/MMIWG)

According to the Indian Law Resource Center and federal sources, Indigenous women in the United States face the highest rates per capita of violence than any other race. When compared to national averages Indigenous women are:

  • 250% more likely to be assaulted
  • 200% more likely to be stalked
  • 500% more likely to experience interracial violence
  • 1000% more likely to be murdered (on some reservations)
  • More than 1 in 3 Indigenous women will be raped in her lifetime
  • 6 in 10 Indigenous women will be physically assaulted

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) has a week of virtual events planned. In addition, the NIWRC has an MMIW toolkit and other resources available for free on their website.

Understanding the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis Beyond Individual Acts of Violence (NIWRC):

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