May 5th National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day

In 2021 President Joe Biden declared May 5th as National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day, a day when Native People, communities and their allies come together in solidarity to show honor, respect, remembrance, and share a voice for those who have been forever silenced. “We remember the missing, the murdered, and the disappeared. We fight for the living”  We wear red or display red clothing to honor and remember missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people and to encourage one another to take actions for change. The National Crime Information Center reports that, in 2016, there were 5,712 reports of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls, through the US Department of Justice’s federal missing persons database, NamUS, only logged 116 cases this lack of data and inaccuracy of reports highlight a deeply flawed institutional system and further supports our need to raise awareness of this topic and issue.