The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis is a systemic issue that refers to the high rates of violence, disappearance, and homicide experienced by Indigenous women and girls in North America. This crisis is rooted in the historical and ongoing colonization, marginalization, and discrimination faced by Indigenous peoples. Indigenous women and girls are more likely to experience violence than any other demographic group in the United States, and the exact number of missing and murdered Indigenous women is difficult to determine due to inconsistent data collection and underreporting. This complex issue requires a multifaceted approach, including supporting Indigenous-led initiatives, increasing awareness and education, and advocating for policy changes to improve the response to cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
The ELCA is highlighting resources to bring awareness and show support for Indigenous communities. Worship resources are also available from the ELCA to encourage all congregations to share the truths about this ongoing crisis. These resources are provided to inspire conversation and learning in ministries and communities. Please take the time to read through the resources provided and remember to wear red throughout May to bring greater awareness to #MMIW.