By: Stephanie C. Sandoval
The epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women has plagued our nation for numerous unvoiced years. While our sisters, mothers, and aunts go missing with little assistance from law enforcement we are forced to remember their love, their smiles, their jokes with no answers or justice being served for their murders. Statistics show that in the United States an Indigenous women goes missing or is murdered every 3 days. This is the year it will STOP.
As we speak, Native women around the country and First Nations women from Canada are coming together to bring awareness and memorialize the thousands of Indigenous women we have lost. Two of these women, Joan Jack and Charmaine Willier-Larsen, have taken on the task of completing the “Medicine Wheel Run”, which is a complete circular journey around the country, beginning and ending in Winnipeg, Canada.
“This ride is about saying I have been victimized, but I am not a victim,” Joan shared about the journey. “I’m riding for your daughters. I’m riding for the future.” They have taken on the task and the burden with full hearts and have been supported by many others along the way.
One such rider Lisa Rivera shared, “It was an amazing journey that will continue as long as we breathe and fight for many humanity issues to bring awareness.”
It is my honor to support these women and do my part in helping them to complete this journey.
As you can imagine this endeavor is a costly one. To show support, we ask that you take the time to donate to their cause. Any donation, be it $5 or $50, will aid these amazing women in completing their mission. Included below is the link to their fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1268431399972497/
Thank you for taking the time to read this! Many blessings and love to you and yours, and continued prayers for those families who have lost a loved one. #RidingForMMIW #MedicineWheelRun #MMIW #NoMoreStolenSisters