National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

On May 6, 2024

By Alicia Michelsen

May 5 is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). I first became aware of this commemorative day last month at the Grand Junction Pow-Wow, hosted by The Western Slope Native American Resource Center (WSNARC) and sponsored by The Learning Council (TLC).

We had an amazing time at the first annual Pow-Wow in Grand Junction April 5-7. At the event there was a lot of awareness around MMIW and also inclusive of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men. It is not commonly discussed and often goes unreported when Indigenous people go missing; however, this is happening far too much. Murder is the third most common cause of death for Indigenous women. For more information about MMIW check out Native Hope.

At TLC we are working to bring Ute Tribes back to Delta County and to work towards reparation between the Native People and the current residents. As well as learn more about indigenous culture. We are grateful for our alliance with the Native American Resource Center and the important work that they are doing to bring resources to indigenous people in our region.

Here are some photos from the April 2024 Pow-Wow in Grand Junction.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women image
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women image
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women image

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