May 1 -5: Historic, first time ever: Capitol Dome lighting in red to commemorate state’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
May 2: Assembly Select Committee on Native American Affairs (Details Coming) State Capitol, Room 126
May 3: Historic, first-time ever MMIP Candlelight Vigil 6 PM – 8 PM Capitol West Steps; Sacramento, CA
May 4: Opening of Assembly Floor Session with Prayer and Song by Assemblymember James C. Ramos, Chair, California Native American Legislative Caucus. 9 AM Assembly Floor Presentation of ACR 25 (Ramos) which designates the Month of May 2023 as Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Awareness Month in California
ABOUT MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
- California has the largest population of Native Americans, more than any other state in the country. Cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women are 7 times less likely to be solved than any other demographic.
- In 2016, 5,712 Missing and Murdered Indigenous cases were reported to the National Crime Information Center.
- Homicide is the third leading cause of death for Indigenous women between the ages of 15 and 24.
- Violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women face murder rates 10 times higher than the national average.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MURDERED AND MISSING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE MATTERS
- Her mother disappeared. Then her babysitter. A lawman fears she might be next Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2023 by Hannah Wiley
- Picturesque California conceals a crisis of missing Indigenous women Indigenous families are demanding justice for crimes they say stem from centuries of oppression National Geographic, March 12, 2023 by Brandi Morin
- Women of the White Buffalo, a feature documentary film Directed by Deborah Anderson
- 'We are here seeking justice' | California's first Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Day of Action ABC 10 (Sacramento) by Reporters Becca Habegger and Gilbert Cordova
Contact: Linda Sacks, Principal Consultant, California Native American Legislative Caucus Linda.Sacks@asm.ca.gov (916) 319-2045