MMIWUSA’s mission is to combat the widespread issue of violence against native people which leads to our people going missing and getting murdered. Through our mission, MMIWUSA aims to serve indigenous families in the United States who are affected by violence and poverty. We also aim to protect those who are vulnerable to it in our communities through preventative measures. We serve those who are affected by the loss of a family member to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and people (MMIW/P), and those who are at a broader disadvantage due to things like domestic violence, addiction, trafficking, the foster care system, and other issues that are prevalent in indigenous communities. We serve those who are experiencing the oppressive cycles of abuse and trauma caused by the history of colonial violence. We serve all native people, no matter whether they are on or off of their home reservation lands.
Threaten Our Existence,
Expect Our Resistance
– MMIW USA
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These two women were integral in the early days of MMIW USA. Amy’s situation was the first family contact Deborah had as a native liaison at Missing in New Mexico and it was through her sister Christy’s eyes that she saw the hell that the MMIW families went and still are going through through today. Sherry’s story was quit the same. Families like these are why we do what we do.
Amy Lynn Hanson
In 2014, Amy Lynn Hanson, a Dine’ woman who was attending UNM-Gallup, went to visit her friends on Thanksgiving. That was the last time her family saw her alive, although Amy called her sister the next morning to invite her to go shopping in Farmington, NM. Amy had replied, “No, I think I’m going to go with my friends.” That was one of the last times Amy called home. When UNM exam week arrived, Christy knew something was wrong when she did not hear from her. In disbelief, Christy and their mother reported Amy missing to state police on December 8th. After an agonizing wait, authorities contacted Amy’s sister at work. A Native woman’s body had been found dumped in an arroyo south of Gallup, NM. On December 17, 2014. It was Amy. She still has not received justice.
Sherry Ann Wounded Foot from was from Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Sherry Ann was found hurt and dying in White Clay, Nebraska on 8-17-2016. She passed away a couple of days later. Her son and brother were also killed in that town and Sherry’s death was instrumental in the closing down of all liquor related business in that town. She is survived by her daughter Sandi. She was a loving mother and a tough and strong and passed that on to others. Sherry Ann still has not received justice.
Ittibi oksi̱foshi’ ihoo chohmi!
Meaning: “Fight Like a Hatchet Woman!”
We are not truly dead until the hearts of our women are on the ground.
– Black Elk