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Learn About & Call to Action

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives

What is MMIR?

Missing and Murdered Relatives (MMIR) is a movement in the Americas bringing awareness and a call to action to end the violence, kidnapping, trafficking, disappearing, and homicide of Indigenous peoples. This crisis particularly adversely affects those who are most marginalized in the Americas which in many Indigenous communities, are both cisgender and transgender women, young women, girls, and Two Spirit and femme folks.

MMIR is also called by other names that have changed and included other targeted people within Indigenous communities:

  • MMIW: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

  • MMIWG: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

  • MMIWG2S: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit individuals

  • MMIP: Missing and Murdered Indigenous People/Person(s)

It must be acknowledged that violence, kidnapping, trafficking, and the murdering of Indigenous people of the Americas especially the most marginalized has been going on since European contact in the beginnings of colonization. In addition, MMIR historically has been exacerbated by colonial national, federal, state, provincial, and local government and law enforcement laws, policies, and judicial rulings. In recent history, tribal sovereignty has been legally eroded, twisted, distorted, and even eliminated due to ongoing attacks by colonial settler corporations, business persons, elected officials, judicial, legislative, and executive branches of national and federal government.

What Are Current Efforts?

To read updates and what efforts that are currently being made in our fight against MMIR, please go to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center MMIW Update page.

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