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STOLEN SISTERS: Native Americans to pay tribute, create awareness about murdered and missing women

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LAWTON, Okla. — In 2011, U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli delivered the horrifying statistic that Native American women are murdered at more than 10 times the national average.

While these murders are not often widely reported by the media, there has been what is often referred to among Native communities as an “epidemic” of missing and murdered Native American women all across America which has only seemed to increase over the past 30 years and, sadly, is not showing signs of slowing down.

Comanche activist Natalie Wallace herself wasn’t even fully aware of the situation until she went with a group to Standing Rock and spoke with people who were holding signs that read “No More Stolen Sisters.”

Hearing more and more stories about these women, as well as herself having to heed stern warnings to “Don’t go out by yourself” and “Always make sure you’re in groups” for her and their group’s own protection, the stories just kept hitting closer and closer to home.

“Recent things that have happened have made us all more aware of it, like what happened recently with Savanna Greywind up in Fargo, North Dakota,” Wallace said. “She was eight months pregnant and was killed for her baby. People don’t really know too much about this here and how it’s even worse up north where you have the pipelines that are going out and you have the Man Camps that are there, hosting all the workers that are working on it; that is when and where a lot of the women go missing and are found dead later. It’s awful.”

Overwhelmed with the need to create awareness for this issue, Wallace has spent the past few weeks organizing A Walk to Remember, a solemn vigil to remember and honor these murdered and missing Indigenous women to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at the Comanche Tribal Complex at 584 NW Bingo Rd. in Lawton.

The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. and she asks that attendees wear red if possible and to feel free to bring banners, posters and pictures of loved ones. There will also be speakers to help educate on this subject and how they can help fight this ever-growing problem.

“I’ve had people tell me they’ve never even heard about this and what’s going on,” Wallace said. “We are Native American, everything that portends to us will get swept under the rug. We’re the people that no one cares about and in order for that to change, we as Native Americans have to step up and do it ourselves. That’s the only way the public is ever going to be made aware of this.”

For more info, check out the A Walk to Remember event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/482198978820576/

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