Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
-Land and Body Sovereignty-
Over 90 percent of Native American women have experienced some sort of violence in their lifetime. 86% of those women are sexual assaulted by a non-tribal member. Our men and children also experience this increased violence. Tribal courts can't try non-Native individuals, which means non-natives can commit crimes on Native American land—including sexual assault—with virtually zero consequence. In the United States, mainstream society fails to address this crisis even though it’s at epidemic proportions. Indigenous peoples are raped, assaulted, abused, murdered, and kidnapped at rates far above the national average. This attack on our bodies is akin to attacks on our land. The health and safety of indigenous people is directly linked to the health and safety of our land. Our indigenous people’s body sovereignty is entwined with the sovereignty of our First Nations.
There is a direct correlation between increased rates of sexual abuse, trafficking, and domestic violence against women and children in regions where fossil fuel extraction companies set up “man camps” to house workers. Our goal is to grow the network of MMIW activists and bring light to this problem with a platform to connect people, communities, and resources across Turtle Island in the United States and Canada.
The women at Seeding Sovereignty work hard to prevent our sisters from going missing and/or murdered and help raise awareness about the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
MMIW Artwork by © Jackie Fawn Illustrations
"The story of this piece is of a sister being engulfed by the blacksnake, and its poison. She holds a candle that has burned for what seem like an endless time in the darkness. Protecting her spirit are two red butterflies that carry the prayers of the people for our murdered and missing. For our women and children we must rise. For our water and the connection that the earth and women share, we must rise. For their futures, we rise." - Jackie Fawn
Christine Nobiss at the Women's March 2018 in Des Moines, IA.
"This March is about many things, but primarily it is about empowering women. The reality is that Native American and Alaska Native women endure the highest rates of rape and assault in this country. Older statistics told us that one in three Native American women will be raped or experience sexual assault in their lifetime, but recently that statistic has been moved to 1 in 2..."
Andreanne Catt speaking at the Women's March 2018 in Rapid City, SD.
"Tribal courts can't try non-Native individuals, which means non-natives can commit crimes on Native American land—including sexual assault—with virtually zero consequence, which means even if the women comes Forward there’s a HUGE HUGE change that the people who assaulted her will not be convicted..."
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women healing event
Hosted by Seeding Sovereignty on November 4th, 2017 in honor of all those that have left us, and those yet to be found. We won’t stop looking for you. We won’t stop bribing justice to your name. We will no longer be silenced about our stolen sisters. Thousands of indigenous women unnoticeably go missing or murdered in the united states alone. We want to raise awareness about every missing or murdered indigenous women. But before we can make the change, we have to heal ourselves. This event is a healing event for the victims or families of MMIW. Women are sacred. Please, join us for this candlelight vigil and gathering to honor the memory of all the women we have lost. #Not1More#NoMoreStolenSisters