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Grand Rapids march for missing and murdered indigenous people [Video]

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Sunday is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Awareness Day.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people – particularly women and girls – are underreported, under-investigated and remain unsolved throughout the U.S., the CDC reports.

For the third year in a row, tribes throughout Michigan hosted a rally for missing and murdered indigenous persons (MMIP) at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids Friday afternoon. 

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Gun Lake Tribe, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and others took part. 

The rainy weather did not dampen attendees’ resolve to shine a light on the disproportionate risk Indigenous Americans and Alaskan Native people face in experiencing, violence, murder or going missing. 

These tribes encouraged everyone, not just Indigenous people, to learn about this statistic. 

“The needs surrounding missing and murdered women and Indigenous people are long-standing issues connected to this country’s history of assimilation polices,” …

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