#MMIWG2S--Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn, Girls, and Two Spirit

People standing at the event presenting a quilt in honor of missing indigenous people. The quilt is behind the group of people, some holding photos and others in t-shirts with photos. “BC unveils quilt honouring Indigenous women and girls” by BC Gov Photos/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd-nc/2.0/jp/?ref=openverse.

Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people suffer gender-based violence and go missing at alarming rates. That’s why the Native Justice Coalition launched the MMIWG2S Program; the abbreviation stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People. This Native-led organization provides trainings and education, policy advocacy, conferences, community support, and more.

“The legacy of violence against our Native women and children within New Mexico dates to the Spanish and Euro-American invasion of our Native lands and our sacred bodies. From the Navajo Long Walk to the slave trades in Albuquerque’s Old Town to the current struggles of cases being lost within our judicial system- this is a legacy of violence… This incursion of violence onto our most sacred… Must be spoken about. Many times Native people are targeted in bordertowns for the color of a person’s skin, anti-Indianism, and the influences of settler colonialism.”