Chaffetz and Grijalva Introduce Resolution for National Day of Awareness for Native Women
Murder rates 10 times higher for American Indian women
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced a resolution designating May 5, 2017 as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. According to Department of Justice data, American Indian women are murdered at a rate as much as 10 times higher than the national average. The resolution seeks to commemorate the lives of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women whose cases are documented and undocumented in public record and the media.
“The widespread brutality directed at our Native American and Alaskan women is a tragedy we must acknowledge and condemn. Today, we stand with the families whose loved one’s lives were tragically taken too soon. No family deserves to mourn the loss of their mothers, sisters, and daughters to such senseless acts of violence,” said Chaffetz.
“The violence targeting Native American and Alaskan women is both sobering and horrifying,” Rep. Grijalva said. “We cannot allow the bloodshed and loss of life to continue, nor can we ignore the fact that this vulnerable population is falling victim to heinous crimes because of our nation’s pervasive and systemic failure to protect them,” said Grijalva.
This day of recognition, first introduced during the 114th Congress, is associated with the birthday of Northern Cheyenne Tribe member Hanna Harris, who was murdered in July 2013. Little data exist on the number of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide was the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women between 10 and 24 years of age and the fifth leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native women between 25 and 34 years of age.