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Specializing in the relational treatment of trauma, Womencare Counseling & Training Center offers individual, relationship and family counseling aimed at restoring life’s meaning and the capacity to form healthy relationships.

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Yesterday was Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. I hate to admit that I would have missed it entirely had I not heard about it in a TikTok video from @Modern_Warrior__ this morning. (If you’re not following him, do. I’ll drop a link below. He’s worth creating an account for.)

But I saw nothing about it on the news, nor on any of the pages that Facebook’s algorithms seem to think should be at the top of my feed. So I’m a day late, but we’re going to talk about it anyway, because it’s far too important not to.

According to the Department of Justice, Native American women are murdered at rates that are TEN TIMES the national average. According to the CDC, homicide is the FOURTH leading cause of death among Native American women under the age of twenty and ranks sixth among those aged 20-44. Those numbers are staggering. And undoubtedly low.

According to Native Women’s Wilderness, as of 2016, the National Crime Information Center reported 5,712 cases of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. The U.S Department of Justice only logged 116 of those cases. Why? Because, as explained on NWW's website, "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, and tribal law enforcement, make it nearly impossible to begin the investigative process.”

Every single one of those 5,712 cases represents a human being with hopes, dreams, families … full, rich lives to live. And only 116 of them are even *recognized* by the DOJ. That’s horrifying.

Yesterday, the White House's proclamation read in part, "Our failure to allocate the necessary resources and muster the necessary commitment to addressing and preventing this ongoing tragedy not only demeans the dignity and humanity of each person who goes missing or is murdered, it sends pain and shockwaves across our Tribal communities. Our treaty and trust responsibilities to Tribal Nations require our best efforts, and our concern for the well-being of these fellow citizens require us to act with urgency.”

They do indeed. And it’s long, long overdue.

For more information, sources, and some folks to follow, please see links in comments below.

{image is the photo featured in the AZ Central article, linked below. It is described as "a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women mural by artist Lucinda Yrene at the Churchill in Phoenix, Arizona.” Credit: Meg Potter / The Republic via AZ Central.}
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