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Superior commission supports campaign to raise awareness of missing, murdered Indigenous women

The Mayor's Commission on Communities of Color will reimburse the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women campaign $350 for expenses.

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A billboard calls attention to the 5,600 Indigenous women reported missing in 2020. Contributed by: Rene Ann Goodrich
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The Mayor’s Commission on Community of Color is collaborating with the advocates behind the Great Lakes Billboard Campaign to call attention to the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two spirit people.

At their meeting Monday, Nov. 8, commissioners approved reimbursing the campaign $350 to help cover expenses and a healing walk held Sept. 22 at Harbor View Park.

“The event went really well,” said Rene Ann Goodrich, a member of the Bad River Band and advocate for the MMIWg2S movement. “… We’re excited to get the billboard here. It’s a first.”

She said overall, 10 events were held during domestic violence awareness month.

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As chair of the Mayor’s Commission of Communities of Color, Deanna Reder said she wrote a letter in support of the billboards and events because the commission was unable to achieve a quorum.

Commissioners also agreed to gather at the billboard on U.S. Highway 53 near Superior Animal Hospital at 3 p.m. Nov. 24 to call attention to it in recognition of American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month.

“In Indigenous communities, we have loss that is back-to-back,” Goodrich said. “It comes in waves, so there’s trauma there.”

Goodrich said it’s an opportunity for the commission to collaborate to help get the word out and help in the healing process. Goodrich got into advocacy as part of her own healing journey as a victim of trafficking who has lost loved ones to domestic violence, she said.

“I appreciate you doing this work,” Commissioner Ephraim Nikoi said.

Commissioner Jenny Van Sickle volunteered to present a proclamation for the gathering.

“We’re here to support you in every way that we can,” she said.

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