Rep. Bonamici, Metro Council work to bring awareness to missing and murdered Native women
PORTLAND, Ore. — State Representative Suzanne Bonamici and the Metro Council have approved a resolution to bring awareness to missing and murdered Native women and girls.
"Indigenous women in the U.S. face tragically high rates of violence, sexual assault, and murder," Bonamici wrote on Twitter Saturday. "We must do more to protect indigenous women and seek justice on behalf of those who are missing or murdered."
The Metro Council has declared May 5, 2018 a day of awareness for the issue in the greater Portland region. The initiative encourages businesses, organizations, public institutions and community members to learn and teach others about the crisis affecting Native women and girls.
The disappearances and murders of Native women and girls is often directly connected to domestic violence, sexual assault or trafficking, which is a direct threat to tribal sovereignty and compromises Indian Country's ability to heal from historic trauma," reads the proclamation.
According to a 2013 National Congress of American Indian Policy Research Center report, American Indian and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to experience violent crimes, and at least twice as likely to experience rape or sexual assault crimes — compared to all other races.