Join your Seattle NOW chapter in a presentation by Chelsea Hendrickson on the epidemic our country faces of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW). This issue hits especially close to home as Seattle leads the country with the most MMIW in urban areas in the country.

Chelsea Hendrickson is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and a shareholder of the Calista Corporation of the Cup’iq people from Mekoryuk, Alaska. She works fulltime as a Program Coordinator for the Pathways to Healing Program in Tukwila, WA. She also works part-time as a Youth Advocate at Labateyah Youth Home in Ballard, WA. She advocates for Native Youth and survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking.

Washington state is celebrating the recent passage of House Bill 1713, addressing the crisis of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women in our state. A recent study showed that Native American women are murdered at rates ten times the national average, and many of those cases go unsolved and unreported. This study was led by Abigail Echo Hawk and her colleagues at the Urban Indian Health Institute. Seattle NOW was honored to celebrate Abigail at our 2018 Shero awards! This legislation allocates increased law enforcement resources dedicated to these cases, and creating better communications and collaboration between local, state, federal and tribal jurisdictions. The signing of this bill was attended by National NOW Board Member and leader in Olympia NOW, Cheryl Wapes’a-Mayes!

Thanks to the incredible advocacy of indigenous rights groups in our area, this crisis has received national attention.