Staff members at Lassen Indian Health Center wore red to demonstrate solidarity on the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIW). We would especially like to thank Amelia Luna and the Powwow Committee for providing the red t-shirts to the LIHC staff members.
May 5th marks the birthday of Hanna Harris, a 21-year-old Northern Cheyenne woman who went missing in 2013. Due to a lack of police response and urgency, her disappearance resulted in community efforts to search for her and ultimately it was her family who discovered her beaten and sexually assaulted body. Hanna, and so many others, have faced, or are facing, similar hardships on many reservations throughout the nation. Her story has helped launch the MMIW Movement to bring awareness and needed changes to how these types of crimes are handled by law enforcement and public systems and to offer support and toolkits to Native Communities who are put in these situations. Surrounding cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, and Salt Lake City have been identified as being within the top 10 cities in the nation for MMIW. The link below shares both past and present efforts, policy changes, and important information and resources around this subject.
Thank you to all those who were a part of this awareness effort and for standing in solidarity with so many others to represent our local Native Community. Our upcoming Pow Wow will include additional awareness, honoring the lives and families of those lost and who are still missing. Click below to download a containing addition information on MMIW and a special report from the Urban Indian Health Institute.