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Ceremonies, prayer mark day of awareness for Native victims


Mark Thiessen, Associated Press file

Jeannie Hovland, the deputy assistant secretary for Native American affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, wore a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women mask in an August 2020 photo.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Some shared agonizing stories of frustration and loss. Others performed ceremonies and said prayers. All called for action.

Across the U.S. on Wednesday, family members, advocates and government leaders commemorated a day of awareness for the crises of violence against Indigenous women and children. They met at virtual events, vigils and rallies at state capitols and raised their voices on social media.

In Washington, a gathering hosted by U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other federal officials started with a prayer asking for guidance and grace for the Indigenous families who have lost relatives and those who have been victims of violence.


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