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"Not one more": Minnesota launches task force on missing and murdered indigenous women


September 20, 2019


Gov. Tim Walz gestured a sign of respect to Ojibwe elders and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan after he signed a bill to launch the first official meeting of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force on Thursday in St. Paul.

Mary Lyons, an Ojibwe elder, fought back tears as she heralded what she called a "new beginning for indigenous women" in Minnesota: the launch of a state task force to address disproportionately high rates of violence against American Indian women and girls.

"Today we as indigenous women rise, we are not being forgotten," Lyons told a crowd gathered on St. Paul's East Side on Thursday. "We can call each of our missing and murdered women's names out loud and embrace them into louder prayers. Today we let them know they did not fall to their deaths only to be forgotten."


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