Rally to be held for National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons

By Grace Dumas and Jasz Garrett

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Advocate, Jeni Brown, speaks at last year’s rally for the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons. (Photo credit Jasz Garrett)

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Tlingit & Haida’s Community Advocacy program, in partnership with the Tribe’s Violence Against Women Task Force, is set to lead a rally on May 5 at Juneau’s Capitol.

The rally aims to shed light on the alarming rates of missing and murdered indigenous individuals, particularly women and young girls across the United States.

Indigenous people, especially women, face a higher rate of domestic violence, sexual assault and murder in the United States.

The event will provide a platform for community members to come together and address this ongoing crisis, honor the lives of those that have been lost, and advocate for justice and support for affected families.

Tlingit & Haida’s Community Advocate Manager, Natasha Jackson highlighted the urgency of the issue.

“We do victims of crime. And so, under this, this issue is really huge for our department because there’s a lot of advocacy being done a federal, state, local in the tribal laws,” she said. “They’re really trying to work together to really try, especially in Alaska, because the rates are so high.”

The rally begins at 1 p.m and at 2:30, the group will march to the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall for refreshments and additional speeches.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Advocate, Jeni Brown, spoke about the kind of advocacy supporters will see at the event.

“We have some red dresses, some red shirts, some things to display to bring up the awareness of the missing and murdered indigenous people. Red is the color that clink people believe spirits can see, which is the reason for the red dress,” Brown said. “Some of the speakers that we have, besides the legislation is leaders for the community, people that have worked on this task for a long, long time.”

As additional information, below is a list of confirmed speakers for the rally:

  • Senator Jesse Kiehl
  • Representative Ashley Carrick
  • Rosita Worl, SHI
  • Jackie Pata, Tlingit & Haida 1st Vice President
  • John Garcia, MMIP Advocate
  • Jeni Brown, MMIP Advocate
  • Sabrina Boone, T&H Emergency Operations Manager
  • Saralyn Tabachnick, AWARE
  • Krag Campbell, JPD Deputy Chief
  • Christina Love, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault