The Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board would like to celebrate and highlight the various events had by many Tribes around the region on May 5th of 2022 in recognition of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). The MMIW movement advocates for the end of violence against Native women. It also seeks to draw attention to the high rates of disappearances and murders of Native people, particularly women and girls.
A large number of Native women go missing and are murdered each year compared to women from other groups. These devastating events have shown the need to not forget them and the long-term effects across Indian Country.
Some statistics for MMIW since 2018:
- Murder rates for Natives women are about three times higher than that of white women
- Native women are 10 times more likely to face murder than the national average
- Violence against Native women is twice as likely as that of white women
- 4 out of every 5 Native women have experienced violence.