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Students Raise Awareness for MMIW Day

This Sunday, May 5th, marks MMIW Day—a day of remembrance, honor, and action against the epidemic of violence affecting Indigenous women across North America. MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) represents a centuries-old crisis that has gained increasing visibility as Indigenous communities use their voices to initiate change and demand justice. 

This week, Gig Harbor High School students will honor MMIW day by taking a proactive role in bringing awareness to this issue within our community. 

Student-Led Initiatives
GHHS students, guided by their Native American Education Program teacher, created impactful displays that are showcased in the cafeteria. These displays are meant to educate their peers about the ongoing crisis affecting local tribal communities. On Friday, May 2, students will wear special shirts and some will don a red handprint on their face. The red handprint is a symbol in the MMIW movement, representing the voices of those who can no longer speak for themselves. 

Understanding MMIW
The term MMIW has evolved to include MMIWG (Girls) and MMIP (Persons) to acknowledge the widespread violence against Indigenous men and transgender individuals as well. This epidemic of violence is not confined to one area but spans across tribal, local, state, and federal jurisdictions, complicating the efforts to address it. Indigenous women face murder rates on reservations up to ten times higher than the national average, with systemic failures in emergency and family services exacerbating the crisis.

As we approach MMIW Day, let us all reflect, learn, and take action.


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