MMIWG2S Project

The Native Justice Coalition is a part of the national MMIW campaign through the  Global Indigenous Council . This billboard was located on US-31 South on the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians reservation in Manistee, Michigan. A billboard is also located in Duluth, Minnesota. Both were posted from August - September 2019.

The Native Justice Coalition is a part of the national MMIW campaign through the Global Indigenous Council. This billboard was located on US-31 South on the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians reservation in Manistee, Michigan. A billboard is also located in Duluth, Minnesota. Both were posted from August - September 2019.


Background

The Native Justice Coalition has officially launched our MMIWG2S Project as of August 2019. The MMIWG2S abbreviation stands for Missing and Murdered Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People. There has been a growing movement across Canada for several years and now the Global Indigenous Council has started this billboard campaign which has been supported by Native American Congresswomen including Deb Haaland (D-MN) and Sharice Davids (D-KS). We have launched our project with a billboard campaign in the Great Lakes and our goal is to locate billboards in Native communities. During the month of August you will find billboards in Manistee, Michigan (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians reservation) and Duluth, Minnesota.

Our project addresses this ongoing violence and continued genocide that affects Native women, girls, and Two-Spirits across the US and Canada. In May 2019, a 1,200 page report from Canada was released on the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). It includes over 230 recommendations and concluded that the murder and disappearance of Indigenous women and girls is an ongoing genocide. The NJC is starting with this first step to create awareness in our communities. We will continue to grow this work through community forums and other community based action in the Great Lakes.


Resources

Access the report — Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (2019)

Urban Indian Health Institute report — Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (2018)

“The National Crime Information Center reports that, in 2016, there were 5,712 reports of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls, though the US Department of Justice’s federal missing persons database, NamUs, only logged 116 cases.”