DAY OF AWARENESS FOR MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN
BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
WHEREAS, North Carolina is home to a population of more than 122,000 American Indians, the largest east of the Mississippi, and has eight historic tribes: Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokee, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of Saponi, Sappony, and Waccamaw-Siouan, in accordance with Chapter 1E of the North Carolina General Statutes, and N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 71A-3 – 7.2, these tribes are legally recognized by the State of North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs was created in 1971 by the North Carolina General Assembly to advocate for local, regional, and national American Indian concers; and
WHEREAS, the Violence Against Women Act, also known as VAWA, bacme federal law on Septermber 13, 1994, and sought to expand judicial resources to combat violence against women and provide protection to women who are victims of violent abuse, VAWA was subsequently reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013; and
WHEREAS, studies show that American Indians and Alaska Natives are almot three times more likely to experience violent crimes and at least two times more likely to experience rape or sexual assault crimes than other races; because of this disproportionate violence against indigenous women, Title IX – Safety for Indian Women is included in the Violence Against Women Act; and
WHEREAS, through the efforts of surviving families, the United States Senate, by resolution, designated May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, calling people to commemorate the lives of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women whose cases are documented and undocumented in public records and the media, and to demonstrate solidarity with the families of victims in light of those tragedies; and
WHEREAS, North Carolina has an estimated 90 unsolved cases of missing or murdered indigenous women and children dating back to 1994;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROY COOPER, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2019, and the “DAY OF AWARENESS FOR MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this third day of May in the year of our Lord two thousand and nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.