May 5 was National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The day was marked by events in St. Paul and an MMIW-R rally in Bemidji. Extractive industries are putting Indigenous women at risk across the nation and in Minnesota. In 2016 alone there were 5,712 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and relatives reported. And Indigenous women are murdered at 10 times the rate of other ethnicities, according to Native Women’s Wilderness.
Learn more about MN350’s Missing & Murdered Relatives campaign and the proposed office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives. MN350 Organizer Nancy Beaulieu provided the images in this slideshow from the Bemidji rally.