Introduced in April, 2016—one year after RoyLynn Rides Horse (Crow) passed away after being beaten, burned, and left in a field to die—Congress designated May 5 as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Drafted in memory of Hanna Harris (Northern Cheyenne) who was murdered July of 2013, this day brings awareness to the tragic fact that American Indian and Alaska native women experience disproportionately high rates of homicide and other violent acts against women including domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. 

Nearly 200 tribal, national, and state organizations supported, and continue to support, the resolution. You, too, can support the resolution and raise awareness on May 5

Support for American Indian or Alaska Native domestic or dating violence survivors: 

StrongHearts Native Helpline: 1-844-7NATIVE

Sources: National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women.

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