May 5th has been declared Washington State’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Day


Murdered and Missing Women and Girls

Washington State Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Day

May 5, 2019

Press Release

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On April 3rd, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed a proclamation declaring May 5th Washington State’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Day. WomenSpirit Coalition and Washington State Tribes join the rest of the nation in honoring the sisters and relatives lost to violence by remembering them on this day.

Indigenous women go missing or are murdered at alarming rates (in some cases, more than 10x the national average). A variety of social, cultural and structural barriers make the investigation of these crimes, as well as the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators, difficult and sometimes impossible.

WomenSpirit Coalition works diligently to raise awareness about this epidemic and provide tribal nations and indigenous communities with the tools and resources necessary to hold offenders accountable and restore justice to the community. The greatest threat to contemporary tribal sovereignty is the pervasive and prolonged exposure to violence that is experience by indigenous women and their families.

There are ways you can help preserve the memory of our loved ones and raise awareness about this important issue

  • Wear red on May 5th and post a picture to social media using the hashtags #MMIW #MMIWWA #NationDayOfAwareness #WomenSpiritCoalition
  • Organize a community gathering, prayer circle, or vigil in honor a relative that is missing or has been murdered
  • Share the names of sisters, brothers and relatives that are missing or have been murdered in your community
  • If you are safe, tell your own story of surviving violence or tell the story of your missing relative
  • Join WSC’s mailing list at to learn more about the work being done inside and outside of Indian Country to end violence against indigenous women and their relatives

When we come together to honor and remember those have been lost to us, we create a movement that demands accountability. Together, we can make a difference and create a safer world for the next seven generations.