A 'call for justice': MMIWG awareness day
May 5, 2021
May 5 is recognized by national Native and grassroots organizations and advocates and activists in Indian Country as the day to bring awareness to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
It is also the birthday of Hanna Harris, a Northern Cheyenne woman who went missing in 2013. She was murdered and later found on the Northern Cheyenne reservation the same year. Harris was 21. The cry for action by her community led to combined efforts across Indian Country to bring awareness to the crisis affecting families in Indian Country.
“In response to the crisis of MMIWG, grassroots actions to honor and call for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls have increasingly grown at the local, regional, national, and international levels,” says the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center website. “Many of these grassroots efforts have lifted May 5th as a National Day of Awareness for MMIWG.”