Being able to share my art, music, and voice has been an empowering experience and I hope that it inspires others to express themselves the same way. MMIW+ is unfortunately an ongoing crisis that should be elevated beyond the month of May. As a survivor of domestic violence, as well as having a missing relative, I hope that folks continue to support and advocate against the violence inflicted upon our relatives.
Community Member, Aztec Dancer, Artist
Welcome to the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley’s MMIW+ resource and information repository. We provide medical, dental, counseling, WIC and prevention services to over 22,000 residents of Santa Clara County, while being the only agency specializing in the unique healthcare needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
What is MMIW+?
MMIW stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & 2Spirit+. It’s a movement that advocates for the end of violence against Native women and Two Spirit individuals.
A red hand over the mouth has become the symbol of a growing movement. It stands for all the missing relatives whose voices are not heard. It stands for the silence of the media and law enforcement in the midst of this crisis. It stands for the oppression and subjugation of Native women who are now rising up to say #NoMoreStolenSisters.
IHC Media & Education Toolkit
IHC has and continues to stand in solidarity with victims and their families. We will not stop until we have answers.
A key advocate on the frontlines includes IHC CEO, Sonya Tetnowski. She is a mother, grandmother, CEO, advocate, and trailblazer in the movement toward justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). She was named to the Not Invisible Commission by Deb Haaland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, of the Biden Administration. During her near 9-year tenure at IHC, she has dedicated herself to serving her community both locally and nationally. Her amazing story and empowering work she does by, for, and about the American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) is proof that a woman can thrive and succeed in multiple roles, while supporting and uplifting other women.
A great way you can help in this crisis is by educating yourself and your community. For more information, click on the educational resources listed here:
- Education Toolkit (Social Media)
- MMIW+ Toolkit & Resources Document
- MMIW+ Awareness Podcast w/ IHC CEO Sonya Tetnowski
Organizations to Support in Muwekma Ohlone Territory (Santa Clara County)
- Strong Hearts Native Helpline: 1-844-7NATIVE
- National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888, text “BeFree” (233733), or live chat at humantraffickinghotline.org
- The Mental Health Hotline of California: 866-903-3787
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline