It’s time for us to stop leaving our sisters behind…
In the Ranger Regiment, we had a creed. We were required to memorize that creed and recite it regularly…it embodied our commitment to our shared mission and the soldiers that fought next to us. Part of that creed states that we will “never leave a fallen comrade to all into the hands of the enemy…”
It’s time for us to stop leaving our stolen sisters behind.
According to Native Women’s Wilderness…
- Indigenous Women (girls +) murdered 10x higher than all other ethnicities.
- Murder is the 3rd leading cause of death for Indigenous Women (Centers for Disease Control).
- More than 4 out of 5 Indigenous Women have experienced violence (84.3%) (National Institute of Justice Report).
- More than half Indigenous Women experience sexual violence (56.1%).
- More than half Indigenous Women have been physically abused by their intimate partners (55.5 percent).
- less than half of Indigenous Women have been stalked in their lifetime (48.8 percent).
- Indigenous Women are 1.7 times more likely than Anglo-American women to experience violence.
- Indigenous Women are 2xs more likely to be raped than Anglo-American white women.
- Murder rate of Indigenous Women is 3xs higher than Anglo-American women.
It’s time for Indian Country to take care of our own.
MMIW Task Force
Let’s build an intertribal coalition with federally credentialed lighthorse officers specifically tasked with investigating MMIW cases and rescuing our stolen sisters.
Mental and Physical Health
Let’s learn from and partner with organizations like the International Justice Mission to make mental and physical health services available to our rescued sisters to walk with them as they heal from and process such a reprehensible trauma.
Let’s invest in programs that actively advocate and inform tribal citizens and the general public for the purpose of raising awareness around the country by partnering with other tribal governments and grass roots organizations.
“Our women, girls, and two-spirts are being taken from us in an alarming way. As of 2016, the National Crime Information Center has reported 5,712 cases of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. Strikingly, the U.S Department of Justice missing persons database has only reported 116 cases. The majority of these murders are committed by non-Native people on Native-owned land. The lack of communication combined with jurisdictional issues between state, local, federal, and tribal law enforcement, make it nearly impossible to begin the investigative process.“
Native Women’s Wilderness