National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

On July 5, 2013, Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, was reported missing by her family in Lame Deer, Montana. Hanna’s body was not found for five days. She had been raped and murdered. On some reservations, Native women are murdered at a rate more than 10 times the national average.  Too often, indigenous women go missing and nothing is done.
To draw attention to this issue, the U.S. Senate has adopted Senate Resolution 60, which designates May 5 as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. This is an important step in building national awareness of these terrible crimes and gathering support for the necessary criminal justice reforms to restore safety to Native women.