May is MMIW awareness month, a time dedicated to raising awareness of the disproportionate number of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit individuals, and people who have gone missing or have been murdered in the United States, and is a springboard for advocacy, policy change, justice, and healing.

  • 4 in 5 Native American and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetimes (NIWRC)
  • The murder of Indigenous women is at a rate 10 times higher than the national average. (UIHI)
  • According to the National Crime Information Center, 5,712 American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls were reported missing as of 2016, but only 116 of those cases were logged with the Department of Justice.
  • The majority of Indigenous women are targeted and harmed by non-Indigenous perpetrators (NIWRC)
  • Thousands of Indigenous women and girls are reported missing in the U.S. and Canada every year, but cases often go unreported or unsolved “because of legal obstacles, historic and present-day discrimination, and a lack of national and international attention.” (NIWRC)
  • Murder is the third leading cause of death for Native women. (UIHI)
  • The total number of MMIWG in the U.S. is unknown. (NIWRC)