May 7, 2021 – The movement on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has broadened to include transgender and other Indigenous relatives. In recent years, with the help of trusted members of Native communities, leaders, and even celebrities, focus on cases and calls for justice has stayed before the eyes of the public and policymakers. For advocates and families, the work is never over. The memory and often the pain of a loved one who’s gone missing or murdered keeps them striving to see progress. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales speaks with some Native women’s advocates about statewide initiatives and a recent boost on the federal level. President Biden declared May 6 as a day of awareness for the crisis, and New Mexican Deb Haaland used her power as interior secretary to create an MMIW unit in the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Angel Charley, executive director, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women Christine Means, MMIW sister and New Mexico task force member