Many people are becoming aware of the international crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (women, girls, two spirit, men and boys). Across the globe, this crisis deeply affects the lives of many of our Indigenous communities - whether on or off Tribal lands. This is not a new topic to Indigenous women, especially with the experiences of intergenerational or historical trauma. Historical trauma is known as “unresolved grief response” that is a result of massive cumulative trauma across generations and a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder. The root causes of the MMIP injustice include colonization and historical trauma, racism and sexual objectification of Indigenous women and girls. These root causes have led to increased systemic risk factors for experiencing violence and abuse among Indigenous women and girls, including poverty and lack of housing, involvement in the child welfare system and criminal justice system (in the U.S.), being a victim of gender-based violence, and being involved in prostitution and human trafficking -- all of which is compounded by inadequate law enforcement and judicial responses in many countries.
Strong grassroots movements are necessary to propel public awareness and prevention of MMIP. Join Zonta International, the Zonta Club of Billings and the Montana Native Women’s Coalition for a conversation focusing on how Zontians around the globe can be involved in increasing awareness of the MMIP crisis and work with Indigenous organizations to find solutions for prevention, aid victims and their families, and empower Indigenous women.