In an effort to bring attention to the number of unsolved cases involving Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman (MMIW) nationwide the Susanville Indian Rancheria (SIR) will be hosting a RED DRESS Special at the annual SIR PowWow this year.
According to the Coalition To Stop Violence Against Native Women, four out of five Native women are affected by violence and the Department of Justice found their murder rate to be ten times the national average. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for indigenous women in the 10-24 age group and 5th for those ages 5-34.
May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls and all are invited to wear red in show of your support and awareness. Learn more about the missing women and what we can all do to help online at mmiwusa.org.
Pow Wow is a time for all natives to come together after a long winter to celebrate and bring out their new regalia, new beadwork, and visit with family and friends, old and new. May 17-19, 2019 brings the 10th Annual SIR PowWow to the Lassen County Fairgrounds at 195 Russell Avenue in Susanville. Proudly featuring Host Drum Black Lodge of White Swan, Washington. This three day event will also include the new Chicken Dance category where a $1000 winner takes it all. For full details and to download vendor applications visit www.sir-powwow.com. Statistics courtesy of www.csvanw.org/mmiw