Native News Online MMIW Live Stream Panelists Cite Reasons for Ongoing Problem
May 7, 2021
On Native News Online's Wednesday evening live-streamed event "Crisis in Indian Country: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women," three panelists from across Indian Country echoed factors of jurisdictional issues, a lack of data, and the age-old victimization of Indigneous women dating back to first contact as contributing factors to the crisis.
"It's not an epidemic," panelist Shelly Fyant of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes said of MMIW. "It's not a new crisis. It started with the invaders arrival to Turtle Island. It's just been more publicized now thanks to the media."
The forum- moderated by Native News Online publisher Levi Rickert (Potawatomi) and managing editor Kyle Edwards (Anishinaabe)- included panelists Chairman David Sickey of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Chairwoman Shelly Fyant of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, and Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee), an attorney who practices Indian law. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland also contributed a pre-recorded video to Native News Online.