Ask Congress to support a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

Action: Ask your members of Congress to support a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Background: In response to the recent death of RoyLynn Rides Horse at the Crow Reservation on June 28 and the murder of Hanna Harris at the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in 2013, the Montana Congressional Delegation is taking action. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) have introduced resolutions in the Senate and the House, calling for the creation of a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. The resolution would designate May 5, 2017, the birthday of Hanna Harris, as the National Day of Awareness.

Hanna Harris was 21 years old when she went missing on July 4, 2013. Due to the inadequate response of the justice system, her family and friends searched for Hanna. The community led a march for justice for Hanna and other unresolved murders of American Indian women.

RoyLynn Rides Horse was beaten, burned and left for dead. RoyLynn walked several miles before collapsing. Concerned about the inadequate response of the justice system to investigate RoyLynn’s case, the Crow Tribe also led a march for justice on June 16, 2016.

Since 2005, a study by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that in some tribal communities, American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.

Faith reflection:"Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9

Action: Ask your members of Congress to support a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.


Alert prepared by Joshua Russell, Legislative Assistant and Communications Coordinator, September 21, 2016. Adapted from an alert prepared by the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center.

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