(Wind River Reservation, WY) – The Northern Arapaho Business Council Chairman Jordan Dresser shared the following statement today, May 5th:
“Today, I join the entire Northern Arapaho community in remembering our missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This is a day to honor the victims, share their stories and address this crisis with the urgency it deserves.
“Violence against Native women is a heartbreaking crisis in Indian Country. Over the past two decades, at least 34 of our Tribal sisters, daughters and mothers have become victims of homicide in Wyoming, according to a landmark report issued early this year. Native women in our state are murdered at a rate nearly 6 ½ times higher than white women.
“This must stop. We owe it to the victims and their loved ones to ensure all are remembered, these vile crimes are fully investigated and any perpetrators are brought to justice. Most of all, our Tribal, local, state and federal authorities must do everything in their power to prevent future violence against Indigenous women.
“On behalf of the Northern Arapaho Business Council, may every victim be comforted by their Creator. And may Tribal families find peace in the memory of their loved one. Let’s help build and create healthy, safe communities for all our residents.”
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples March for Justice is happening in Riverton this afternoon starting at 4:30 pm. The march will begin at the 789 gas station and end at Riverton’s City Park. Click here to learn more.