Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

In The Moment … August 7, 2020 Show 876 Hour 1

On Sunday, a 75-mile motorcycle ride from Bear Butte to Crazy Horse will honor missing and murdered indigenous women. Proceeds will benefit the Red Ribbon Skirt Society and Where All Women All Honored, both located in Rapid City. Lily Mendoza is the founder of the Red Ribbon Skirt Society, and Lorna Cuny is the organizer of the ride.

Day Of Remembrance For MMIW, Children And Two Spirit

Feb 14, 2020

  In Rapid city, Valentine’s Day is a time to remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Children and Two-Spirit-or LGBT-people. The community is invited to honor the victim's memories with events throughout the day. 


Indigenous women are murdered or go missing at high rates and South Dakota is no exception. Lily Mendoza is with the Red Ribbon Skirt Society, a group that draws attention to the issue. She hosted the day of remembrance for victims, including Indigenous children and two-spirit or LGBT people. 


Native Women Lead Hundreds During RC Women’s March

Jan 26, 2020
Chynna Lockett

The Women’s March began four years ago as an international effort to draw attention to inequality as President Donald Trump took office. Annual marches still take place all over the country and some are evolving. This year, Native women lead hundreds of protesters in Rapid City. 


News: Dec 7 - 13

Dec 13, 2019

In this week’s South Dakota news, a civil trial at the Aberdeen federal courthouse challenges the implementation of HB 1094, and reports from counties in Minnesota and North Dakota show communities divided over refugee resettlement. Is the quarrel soon coming to South Dakota?

SD Inmates Make Jewelry And Raise Money For MMIW

Dec 12, 2019
Richie Richards / Native Sun News

A group of South Dakota inmates is raising money to help causes that support missing and murdered Indigenous women and Native health care programs. The endeavor lets inmates participate while they’re incarcerated. 


Cody Hopkins has been an inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary since 2015. Hopkins says he wants to help programs he believes in, but his options are limited. 


“There’s so many things in here that we are constantly looking at from the inside out,” Hopkins said.



In The Moment ... June 14, 2019 Show 596 Hour 1

Two Lakota women are riding motorcycles to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Native American women from across the continent travel to Topeka, Kansas for this weekend's Women's Freedom Rally.

Many, like Lorna Cuny and Lynette Roberts, make the journey carrying the names of Native women who have disappeared or been victims of deadly violence.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 2, 2019 Show 567 Hour 2

Members of the Red Ribbon Skirt Society join In The Moment for a round table discussion on Missing and Murdered Indigeous Women awareness.

Lily Mendoza is the co-founder of the Red Ribbon Skirt Society. Mary Black Bonnet, Citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is with the Rapid City Literacy Council. Clara Douglas of the Okanagan First Nations and Shuswap First Nations of Canada specializes in grief and bereavement, sex trafficking and LGBT issues. Lynette Van Epps-Smith is a retired teacher.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 2, 2019 Show 567 Hour 1

May 5th is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. In some tribal communities, Native American women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.

Linda Grover is professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her 2014 novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Fiction Award as well as the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award.

Chynna Lockett

  A new healing center for people affected by missing and murdered Indigenous women is open in Rapid City. The space is the first of its kind and allows people to meditate and remember victims.

Lily Mendoza is a Cofounder of the Red Ribbon Skirt Society. That’s a group in the Black Hills that helps educate the community on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Two Spirited, or LGBTQIA people.


Combined MMIW Bill Passes House Committee Unanimously

Mar 6, 2019
Jenifer Jones / SDPB

A bill that directs the South Dakota Attorney General to collect information on missing and murdered indigenous persons is now one step from the governor’s desk.
Native American women experience some of the highest rates of homicide in the United States. Data on missing and murdered indigenous people is either difficult to gather, or nonexistent.
A house panel is again passing a bill that requires the Department of Criminal Investigation to gather information on missing and murdered indigenous people.

The WHY Campaign

Feb 22, 2019
Lily Mendoza

In The Moment ... February 22, 2019 Show 521 Hour 1

The WHY Campaign is dedicated to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children of Turtle Island. You can attend a learning forum on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. MDT at the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City.

Lily Mendoza joined in the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in SDPB's downtown Rapid City Studio.

March For Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women In RC

Feb 15, 2019

  Valentine’s Day marked the second Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s March in places across the U.S. and Canada. Hundreds marched in downtown Rapid City to draw attention to high numbers of Native Women that face violence.



Participants wore red to signify the their cause. They circled the downtown blocks singing and reading the names of Native women reported missing or murdered.