Indigenous women and girls across the nation are incredibly vulnerable to violence. Murder is the third leading cause of death in native women, and 4 out of 5 native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. As we continue to speak out and take action against racism and police brutality in the U.S., we must remember to make the Indigenous community, and particularly Indigenous women and girls, a part of this conversation.
Last month, we had the opportunity to speak with Rosalie Fish, a star athlete and member of the Cowlitz Tribe. Last year, Rosalie competed in the small-school state track and field meet in Washington and made the courageous decision to run with a bright red handprint over her mouth to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). Since then, she’s used her platform to continue the conversation, even giving an incredible TED Talk on the topic in February.
We urge you to watch this powerful interview. We hope Rosalie’s words inspire you to continue the fight for justice- she is proof that one person can make a difference.