The Minnesota Legislature passed a bill this year to create a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s (MMIW) Task Force, an important step and yet a baby step to address the abuse and disappearance of indigenous women and girls.
Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL_New Brighton) carried the bill for the past two years, and citizen advocate Mysti Babineau of Red Lake provided a lot of energy to get it passed. The Task Force will collect data and “dig into the underlying factors and systemic causes that explain why higher levels of violence occur against Native American women,” MPR reported.
Babineau has started a GoFundMe page to make sure this issue continues to get the attention it deserves.
There is a group of individuals who are planning an event to celebrate the passage of this historic legislation and honor those whose names we hold in our hearts.
We would like to collect stories to make sure the task force hears them. We would like supportive service groups/organizations on site to talk to the community. We would like to create a 100 foot by 40 foot quilted red dress compromised of squares created on site at the event by family members and loved ones of a missing relative.
Please donate as you are able!