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MMIP

Stopping the violence against Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people

#MMIW  #MMIWG  #MMIWG2S

**This page contains sensitive content that can be upsetting or triggering.**

MMIP (also MMIW and MMIWG) is a growing movement to address the ongoing violence and genocide that affects Native women, girls, Two-Spirits, and other Indigenous people across the US and Canada.

On May 5—the National Day of Awareness—we wear
red to call back the missing spirits of our women, two spirits, and children and to raise awareness of their silenced voices.

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WHAT WE ARE DOING

LEADING MICHIGAN'S MMIP TASK FORCE

After months of persistent advocacy, Miigwech, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are official partners with the State of Michigan's newly formed MMIP Task Force. We are working directly with the Attorney General's office to create the change we want to see and bring justice to our hurting families.

In 2022, our team and families of stolen sisters met with Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel to educate her office about MMIP and develop plans of action. We discussed the lack of action and legal roadblocks at the systems level and how these things have perpetuated the injustice for decades. 

"Some victims have been denied justice more than others," the Attorney General said in the meeting. "Above everything, you deserve to have people who are transparent with you, provide all of the documents and data, any evidence at all, and sit down and review it with you. There's no question that [these families] deserve that, so we're going to make that happen." 

In 2023, the AG office finally announced the creation of a MMIP Task Force, inviting Miigwech to be a lead partner. "Violence against Native Peoples is a crisis that cannot wait to be addressed," said Meredith Kennedy, executive director of Miigwech, Inc. "We are ready to bring together the community to make positive changes, provide justice and healing, and protect our people."

The Task Force will aim for the following goals:​​​

  • Initiate special investigations into MMIP and Indian Boarding School Survivors, with an accurate and up-to-date list of cases

  • Increase transparency throughout the entire investigative process, including data gathering and dissemination

  • Re-open cold cases

  • Personal follow-ups and case reviews from the Attorney General

  • Cultural competency training for investigative staff and law enforcement

...and more as our strategic plans develop. Stay tuned as we continue to lead the charge!

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RAISING AWARENESS
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ADVOCATING FOR FAMILIES
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STOPPING THE GENOCIDE

KNOW THE FACTS

Indigenous women are murdered at a rate

10x
HIGHER

than the national average

Murder is the

3rd
LEADING

cause of death for Indigenous women

More than

95%
OF CASES

are never covered by national media

These harrowing statistics (and many more) can be found in publications located on our MMIP Resources page. We encourage you to explore these tools, fact sheets, and reports to help us raise awareness, bring justice to hurting families, and end the violence.

MMIP Resource Page
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