Presentation on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

"Why" by Jim Yellowhawk

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Journey Museum and Learning Center is partnering with the Red Ribbon Skirt Society of the Black Hills to present the “Why” campaign, dedicated to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children of Turtle Island (MMIW) on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.

The presentation will increase awareness for MMIW with short documentary films, stories from family members of MMIW, and an explanation of MMIW data. The event will also kickoff artist Jim Yellowhawk’s artwork showcase “Why” at the Journey Museum.

Leading up to the presentation, the MMIW Red Dress exhibit can be seen on the grounds of the Journey Museum, where 70 red dresses are hung from the cottonwood trees in memory of the 70-plus Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children, and those unaccounted for in the state of South Dakota.

The MMIW campaign is also organizing a march on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 12-3 p.m. The march will begin at the Racing Magpie.

South Dakota State Senate passed SB 164 on Tuesday, Feb. 12, to address this issue by introducing new procedures for the reporting and investigating of missing and murdered indigenous women. Native American women have gone missing and been murdered for decades without any explanation. Many states are seeking to find out why and how to stop it from happening in the future.

Seating for the presentation is limited, and no admissions will be charged. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve a space.

For more information on the Red Ribbon Skirt Society and the “WHY” Campaign, go to

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