DULUTH, MN — Neighbors in the Indigenous community are hoping to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls after marching to Duluth’s City Hall Wednesday afternoon.
According to the event’s Facebook page, the march was held in hopes that St. Louis County will perform thorough investigations in the deaths of multiple females in the area.
The event, which started at 2 p.m. at the Building for Women on East 1st Street, asked participants to wear red.
Earlier this year, the state of Minnesota established a task force for missing and murdered Indigenous women in hopes of reducing and ending violence against Indigenous women and girls in Minnesota.
The Commissioner of Public Safety, along with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, have until September to appoint members for the task force.
They will have to complete a report by December 2020 looking at the systemic causes behind violence and appropriate methods for tracking and collecting data, just to name a few aspects of the report.
The Governor is expected to hold a ceremonial bill signing for the task force this summer.