A reception and special preview screening of Somebody's Daughter was held in Tucson, Arizona January 11th, 2020. To a packed room - standing room only - the director, Rain, introduced the movie and afterwards a panel discussed the national crisis that the MMIW issue poses for Indian Nations.
Rain introduces the movie Somebody's Daughter
The event also raised funds for the Northern Cheyenne Search and Rescue team with the auction of a MMIW ribbon skirt (pictured)
The team had been searching during every daylight hour for Selena Not Afraid, a 16 year old Crow Nation member, since she went missing on January 1, 2020. Sadly, Selena's body was found three weeks later on January 21st. Selena's mom is in the red jacket behind the young family member who also joined the search.
Handmade MMIW Ribbon Skirt
Members of the Northern Cheyenne Search and Rescue Team where Selena was last seen
Seeing Red - read the Tucson Lifestyle Article here
“Every single person who organizes or participates in a march, has a social media profile and posts information about this issue, or lobbies for state and federal legislation is doing it to save lives,” sums up Rain. “It takes everybody."
The Global Indigenous Council is an international advocacy group for indigenous peoples . . . For MMIW awareness, the Council has launched a billboard campaign that’s now in eight states where the incidence of missing and murdered indigenous women is the highest. Their efforts are getting them noticed by crucial decision makers. “It has received the support of many members of Congress,” Rain observes. “In Arizona, Congressman Raul Grijalva and Congressman Ruben Gallego have both been very supportive, along with Congresswoman Deb Haaland in New Mexico, and all the way to the East Coast where Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio- Cortez has supported the campaign. What’s really kind of remarkable about the people who have backed us is you’ve got, for example in the Senate, Elizabeth Warren who is on one side of the aisle, and then on the other you’ve got Steve Daines from Montana.
The GIC is going way beyond trying to increase public awareness of the MMIW situation. They are actively pushing for legislation that could help to prevent rapes, human trafficking and murder, as well as make it easier to apprehend the perpetrators.
The REDress Project in Tucson - Exhibition Jan 10 - May 31, 2020
If you walked into a boutique and saw a vivid red dress on a hanger, your first thought might be, “How would I look in that?”
Now imagine the same dress blowing in a breeze outside a public building … or suspended in the midst of a leafless forest … or floating in water. And realize that the dress represents an indigenous woman or girl who is gone. Vanished without a trace, or …
Found murdered, still as an empty, motionless garment.
That’s the concept behind The REDress Project, an installation created by Canadian indigenous (Métis) artist Jaime Black. Asked about how the exhibition, which will be featured at the Tucson Desert Art Museum beginning this month, came to be, she responds that it resulted from a vision. “It was an image that I got in my head while listening to an indigenous professor speaking at an international conference,” Black explains. “She mentioned the high rate of violence against indigenous women in Canada. Nobody at this conference even knew that was an issue there. As she said that, I imagined hundreds of red dresses in public spaces all across cities so that people can’t forget what’s going on.”