Burlington, NC, March 21, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- A disturbing number of Indigenous women and girls disappear and/or are murdered each year. Due to the absence of consistent, standardized reporting on the issue, researchers have been prevented from gaining a true understanding of this epidemic. By targeting urban areas and communities in North Carolina, this march will highlight how poor data collection, lack of prosecution, and institutional/systemic racism have become ingrained and contributing factors to the neglect of Native American Communities in NC.
According to one of the organizers, Crystal Cavalier, “By joining in this march, native warrior women will be walking with ancestors behind us, and the Creator before us. When native women rise and heal, all rise and heal. Please prepare your signs, banners, remember to wear red shirts, hats, and/or Regalia.”
North Carolina has the largest Native American population East of the Mississippi and in 2010 there were more than 122,000+ Native Americans residing in the state, according to the US Census. Another point of great significance to the study were the profound challenges encountered while attempting to obtain case records. Nearly half of municipal police departments failed to respond at all or within the designated time frame required of public disclosure requests. In NC racial misclassification was common, with some victims classified as “Black,” “White,” or “Hispanic.” Often, Native women and girls from tribes that are not federally recognized were not identified as Native at all.
Despite race typically being used as a classifier when crimes are reported, a few cities were unable to identify Native American, Alaska Native, or American Indian people in their database. Shining a light on all the causes of violence, murders, and disappearances is a daunting task. But it is a necessary one. This is exposing hard truths about the devastating impacts of colonization, racism and sexism.
If you are interested in participating, please RSVP at www.mmiwnc.com.