National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Sunday was National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native American women and girls.
The Red Ribbon Skirt Society hosted a day of prayer and remembrance for those who have gone missing and were murdered. People of all backgrounds came together to pray, have a moment of silence, and read off the names of people who in the area who have been murdered or are missing.
“I’m passionate about it because it’s human life. These women matter. They were connected to someone, they have a mother, a daughter, a sister. They were part of someone’s life,” said Mary Blackbonnet with the society.
Today they also recognized the transgender community. Members of the community are often not reported missing because they are not accepted for who they identify as.
“So when something happens to us, whether we find ourselves in danger of being murdered or go missing no one tries to look for us,” said Carla Douglas who is with MMIW and transgender.
Douglas hopes that when it comes to reporting people missing, others will see that no matter who they are, human life is precious and should be treated as so.
Both the Red Ribbon Skirt Society and MMIW hope to bring awareness and find a solution to violence against women.