Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Community Walks for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

Chi Miigwech to Carla Storm for the photos

By Erin Gottsacker, WXPR

More than four out of every five Indigenous women report violence in their lifetime, according to a study by the National Institute of Justice.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rank murder as the third leading cause of death among the population. The murder rate for women living on reservations is ten times higher than the national average.

It’s a severe problem that has gone unnoticed for too long, says Ryan Randall, the president of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community’s cultural committee.

“There’s not enough awareness. That’s why we need to get this out there and let people know that we are together fighting this,” he says. “These are our brothers and sisters that are missing and murdered and we’re trying to bring them home.”

Randall helped organize SCC’s second annual walk to raise local awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women.

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