'Everyone deserves to feel safe': Biden administration focuses on MMIW crisis


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Biden administration is taking additional steps to address the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives in hopes of putting the focus back on survivors, families and tribal nations.

During a media call on Tuesday afternoon, Secretary Deb Haaland stressed the importance of elevating the voices of those that often go unheard. She said she will be observing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day on May 5 in her office at the Department of the Interior.

“Like many, I will display a red shawl in my office on an empty chair — red in honor of the movement that rang the alarm on this issue and the empty chair to symbolize those who have gone missing,” Haaland said from the nation’s capital.



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