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Isolation because of the coronavirus doesn’t stop the need to raise awareness of a tragic statistic for Native people. May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Organizers are encouraging virtual walks, candles in windows, and twitter campaigns to keep the light on the disproportionate number of victimized Indigenous women and girls.
Annita Luchessi (Southern Cheyenne descendant) — PhD student at the University of Arizona and the executive director of Sovereign Bodies Institute
Aqpik Charlene Apok (Inupiaq) — director of gender justice and healing for Native Movement
Cheyenne Antonio (Diné) — sex trafficking project coordinator for Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
Lucy Simpson (Navajo) — executive director of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
Break 1 music: Youth Prayer Chant (song) Spirit Line Collective (artist) Spirit Line: Woven Together For Our Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives (album)
Break 2 music: Manitou (song) The Delbert Anderson Trio (artist) MANITOU (album)