Local organizations show support for MMIW with display at the Journey Museum
A tipi and strings of red dresses have been put up by the Red Ribbon Skirt Society and other organizations such as the Medicine Wheel Riders and the Brave Heart Society.
Members of the groups along with law enforcement worked together to set up the display Monday afternoon.
The tipi and dresses serve as a reminder of the women and children who are missing, and not forgotten.
“This is not just a law enforcement problem. Missing people, especially the missing women and the missing children, we can’t solve a lot of those on our own. We need help from the community,” Rapid City Police Department Lieutenant Tim Doyle explained. “So, any help that we have from the community, to help us. To help reach out to members of the community we might not be able to reach is going to help us locate those people sooner and safer.”
And as indigenous women and children continue to be at risk, members are focused on making sure they stay safe.
“If I could save even one woman that’s walking down the street, then I’ve done my job,” Red Ribbon Skirt Society Darla Black stated.
Black is also a member of both the Medicine Wheel Riders and the Brave Heart Society, along with having years of experience in law enforcement.
“I’ve done my job, by praying about it, by speaking about it, by being a part of these three women’s societies, doing these type of events. At least we saved somebody.”
To learn more about the Red Ribbon Skirt Society, click here. The display will be showcased through the end of December.