Murder is the third-leading cause of death among American Indian/Alaska Native Women.
May 5th is recognized nationally among our Indigenous Nations as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Across Indian Country, we stand in solidarity and honor and commemorate our missing. In particular, we remember Hannah Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, who went missing on July 4, 2013 and later her body was found. She was 21 years old. May 5th was her birthday, and it is on this day that we honor her and so many others.
MMIWG Database of Response Contacts – Your missing loved one’s location and tribal affiliation will determine who to call and how to get help. The MMIWG Database of Contacts offers contact information for federal and state authorities, as well as victims’ services programs and other family resources when responding to a case of a missing Native woman.
- StrongHearts Native Helpline | 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) | 24/7 Chat line
- The National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault – NICCSA
- National Domestic Violence Hotline | 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) TTY: 1-800-787-3224 | Chat line
- National Sexual Assault Hotline | 1-800-656-HOPE
Resource for MMIWG
- When a Loved One Goes Missing – Understanding and Responding to the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
- MMIW Toolkit for Families and Communities
- Missing Person Flyer (Template)
- Jurisdiction and Crime Victims’ Rights
- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – A snapshot of data from 71 urban cities in the United States.
- SWIWC honors MMIWG at Arizona State Capitol on May 5, 2019