Seattle NOW recently held their June member meeting on June 19th with guest speaker Chelsea Hendrickson who gave an enlightening and inspiring presentation on the epidemic our country faces regarding 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 sharing a personal story about her aunt’s experiences and how she was also affected.

During her presentation, Chelsea examined several determining factors, ongoing systematic issues and how to get involved to help combat the countless challenges associated with MMIW. She also shared some of own personal stories and experiences that directly affected herself, her family and friends.

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.

Please visit the Cowlitz Tribal Pathways to Healing Program to learn more.