Hundreds Attend Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Event in Grand Rapids
May 6, 2022
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Several hundred Anishinaabeg and supporters gathered on the shores of the Owashtinong (Grand River) in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. on Thursday, May 5, 2022 to observe Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day.
Above the hums of traffic from a nearby freeway as travelers went about their daily business, speakers spoke about the tragic losses encountered in Indian Country of missing and murdered Indigenous persons. The vast majority of people in the crowd wore red in observance of those lost across Indian Coutnry.
"The problem with missing and murdered Indigenous women has been an epidemic since 1492," Melissa Isaac (Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe), who was an invited guest in first lady Jill Biden's box during the State of the Union, who served as the emcee of the event said.