Group of Men Trek Across America to Bring Awareness to MMIW
January 12, 2021
Running and biking daily with the name of a missing or murdered indigenous woman or child painted in red on their arms - and with the red hand print that has come to represent Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement painted on their faces - Colville Tribal member Willi Bessette joined tribal descendent Duane Garvais Lawrence and Lakota member Ethan LaDeaux on a cross-country run and bike ride that started at the Peace Arch in Blaine, Washington and ended on the Massachusetts coasts near Plymouth Rock.
The run, which was aimed at raising awareness for murdered and missing indigenous women and children, coincided with the 400th anniversary of the landing at Plymouth - and once there - after more than 3,100 miles traveled and several weeks of running and biking, the three danced and sang, said Garvais Lawrence: "We went there specifically because we wanted to sing the 'Turn Around Song.' We wanted to turn-around the trauma that our people have endured since that first landing at Plymouth Rock."