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Resolution Denouncing the Unresolved Cases of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

WHEREAS, Native American women and girls are being killed or trafficked at rates far higher than the rest of the U.S. population (on some reservations, women are 10 times as likely to be murdered as the national average, and

WHEREAS, some simply disappear, presumably forced into sex trafficking and these cases tend to simpy go unsolved; and

WHEREAS, 84 percent of indigenous women have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence in their lifetime; and

WHEREAS, one in three Native American women have been raped or experienced an attempted rape, which is more than twice the national average; and

WHEREAS, 13 percent of sexual assaults reported by Native American women result in arrest, compared with 35 percent for black women and 32 percent for white women; and

WHEREAS, 506 indigenous women and girls disappeared or were killed in 71 urban American cities in 2016 (25% were missing persons cases, 56% were murder cases and 19% had an unknown status; the youngest was one year old; the eldest was 83); and

WHEREAS, in 2016, 5,712 indigenous women and girls were reported missing, but only 116 were logged by the US Department of Justice’s federal missing persons database; and 

WHEREAS, the data on missing and murdered indigenous women will never be 100 percent accurate until there is cooperation and better tracking al all government levels; and

WHEREAS, the lack of good data and lack of understanding about the violence perpetrated against indigenous women and girls adds to the historical and ongoing trauma indigenous women and girls have sustained in our communities for generations; and

WHEREAS, indigenous women and girls are the life bearers of their communities, they are resilient, they are integral to holding strong their culture and are determined to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations their unique cultural identities; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women denounces the harm, trauma, trafficking and murder of indigenous women; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women acknowledges the injustices perpetrated against Indigenous people, particularly in Sonoma County; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women respectfully honors the lives of all indigenous women who have gone of missing and murdered whose cases are documented and undocumented in public records and the media; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women expresses solidarity with the families of victims in light of those tragedies.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women recognizes indigenous women bind their communities and lead the way in passing down their culture; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women will donate $750 to the Murdered & Missing Indigneous Women (MMIW) with the passage of this resolution.

THE FORGOING RESOLUTION was put forth Put forth by 2nd District Commissioner Trisha Almond, and was duly adopted on the 13th day of May, 2021 with the following vote:

Ayes: 10 Noes: 0 Absent: 3 Abstained: 1

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Commission on the Status of Women
Human Resources Department
County of Sonoma
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Address
Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration Drive
Suite 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464975, -122.725632
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