Yesterday the Portland City Council recognized May 5, 2020, as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). The observance is an annual, national event to acknowledge the epidemic of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women in the United States, while also raising awareness of this ongoing humanitarian crisis, and refocusing attention on issues affecting Indigenous women.
I'd like to thank you to the MMIW 2020 Planning committee, and Tribal Relations-City of Portland for convening the group. Together they identified collective values to guide the vision, work, and outcomes of the MMIW awareness campaign and proclamation, we thank you for your organization during this challenging time and for redirecting your energy into providing programming online.
The MMIW movement is about the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women across the United States and Canada, including Oregon. We know that the lack of data and attention hinders the efforts of families and friends to find their loved ones and to see justice served. We are committed to supporting and urging our State and Federal leaders on this humans rights issue, and influence our own systems to be able to better respond to this crisis.