May 05, 2021

Mayor Proclaims May 5 as National Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

Mayor Allender has proclaimed May 5 as National Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. The City issued a similar proclamation in 2018 and in 2019, hosted a booth by the Red Ribbon Skirt Society, in the City Hall lobby to bring public awareness to the important issue. Mayor Allender has proclaimed May 5 as National Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. The City issued a similar proclamation in 2018 and in 2019, hosted a booth by the Red Ribbon Skirt Society, in the City Hall lobby to bring public awareness to the important issue. (City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

NATIONAL DAY OF AWARENESS FOR MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Mayor Steve Allender has proclaimed today (May 5) as National Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People in Rapid City. The City issued a similar proclamation in 2018 and in 2019, hosted a booth by the Red Ribbon Skirt Society to focus awareness on this important issue.

This year's proclamation is below.

Executive Proclamation

Rapid City, South Dakota

Office of the Mayor

WHEREAS, the Rapid City Municipal Government stands with other tribal, local, regional, state and national governments and organizations in support of National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People; and

WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide was the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women between 10 and 24 years of age and the fifth leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native women between 25 and 34 years of age, and

WHEREAS, the disappearances and murders of Indigenous people is often directly connected to domestic violence and sexual assault or trafficking, which is a direct threat to tribal sovereignty and sacred humanity and compromises Indigenous People’s ability to heal from historic trauma; and

WHEREAS, American Indian and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to experience violent crimes – and at least twice as likely to experience rape or sexual assault crimes – compared to all other races, according to a 2013 National Congress of American Indian Policy Research Center report; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that I, Steve Allender, Mayor of Rapid City, South Dakota, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2021 as

National Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

in Rapid City, South Dakota. We encourage other businesses, organizations, public institutions and community members to observe this day and learn and teach others about the crisis facing Indigenous peoples and to revere the sacred lives lost and those we seek to protect.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I do hereby

affix my official signature and the

Official Seal of the City of Rapid City,

South Dakota, on this 5th day of May,

2021.

_________________________

Steve Allender, Mayor

Rapid City, South Dakota

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