Healing and Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women | WisCommunity

Do you remember the case of Gabby Petito? It received daily, nation-wide media attention when this young, attractive White woman went missing in the summer of 2021. Contrast that with the experience of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). While 5712 Native women or girls were reported missing in the United States during 2016, none of these received similar media attention, and only 116 of these ended up in the federal database on missing persons. Many of these cases "fall through the cracks" due to a multiplicity of legal jurisdictions being involved: tribal or non-tribal, county or state or federal. Several efforts are underway in Wisconsin to address the issue of MMIW. For one thing, Kristin Welch (of Menominee descent) founded Waking Women Healing Institute, an organization designed to provide legal, media and emotional resources when a family member goes missing. Her efforts have been rewarded with a fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. Welch will discuss this undertaking beginning at 12:30 on Thursday, October 6th at the UWEC-Barron County campus, located at 1800 College Drive in Rice Lake. Her talk is entitled "Uplift. Ignite- Healing and Justice for MMIW." This and other sessions of the Thursdays at the U Lecture Series are free and open to the public, thanks to financial support from the campus foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are required for attendees. For more information, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email the organizer at tollefla@uwec.edu (mailto:tollefla@uwec.edu).

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Oct 6 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
UW-Eau Claire – Barron County

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