MMIW Awareness Day is May 5, and MMIW Week of Action is May 1-7. 

The first federally recognized National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls was May 5, 2017. This declaration followed years of activism and advocacy by the family of Hanna Harris, who was murdered at the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in 2013, though the movement for the safety of Native women has much older roots. May 5 was Hanna Harris’s birthday.

The MMIW movement brings awareness to the disproportionate rates of violence perpetrated against Native women and girls, and is a springboard for advocacy, policy change, justice, and healing.