I encourage everyone to take a few moments, as the Thanksgiving season winds down, to think about Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, Hanna Harris and the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the U.S. and Canada.
Yesterday was National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. But I want to continue the call to lift up Native women whose voices have too long gone unheard.
In the midst of a partial government shutdown, retiring Republican representative Bob Goodlatte used one of his final days in office to block a law addressing a horrifying problem: the disturbingly high number of missing and murdered Native American women in the U.S.
Between 1980 and 2012, more than 1,100 Aboriginal women in Canada were murdered, and in 2013 there were 164 Aboriginal women who had been missing for more than 30 days. Those numbers come into shocking relief when the small population of Aboriginal—also known as First Nations—women is compared with the total number of missing and […]