Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Thursday, May 4 @ 9:55 a.m. / Community, Tribal Affairs

Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Commemorate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Day With Awareness Walk

From the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation:

Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation is hosting an event, including an awareness walk addressing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP). The Nations Tribal Council and the Community and Family Wellness Department are excited to offer this free event to the entire community. It is vital that we stand in support and solidarity of this public health crisis.

Homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death of indigenous people ages 10-24 and the 4th leading cause of death of indigenous people ages 25-34. The Nation welcomes the opportunity to work with and coordinate efforts across the Nation's departments, federal agencies, Tribes and Tribal organizations, local law enforcement organizations, and community-based organizations to create a Tribal Community Response plan (TCRP) to increase the response to the disappearance or murder of indigenous people.

The MMIP Event will be held on May 5, 2023 at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, Arts and Craft Building. During the event guests will have the opportunity to create their own signs with a variety of supplies starting at 10am. Red face paint will also be available for use. We will take a walk for awareness while holding signs starting around 12:30pm. The walk is predicted to be about a mile long. Those who want to participate but can't walk, there will be covered outdoor seating to gather and hold your signs to vehicles that drive by the fairgrounds.

The entire community is welcome to participate in this event. We hope the public comes out to support this event. Please wear red on May 5, 2023 to show your support for MMIP. Adrian Lopez, Victim Services Prevention Specialist shared the importance of this event with its theme "Missing and Murdered but not Forgotten."



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