Running for Our Lives - MMIW Marathon Team

Running for Our Lives - MMIW Marathon Team

From Mica Standing Soldier

Our team of Indigenous women runners is raising funds for organizations working to prevent violence against Native women, girls and two-spirit people and support awareness of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.

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Our Cause

The National Crime Information Center reports that, in 2016, there were 5,712 reports of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. On June 2nd, our team of Indigenous women will be running a marathon in honor of them.

We are partnering with several organizations that are dedicated to providing violence prevention against Native women, girls and two-spirit people and supporting awareness of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. 

Our Partners

https://www.miwrc.org/ 

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is a non-profit community organization that provides social services and education to American Indian women and their families. Established in 1984 by three local Native women and one male Native ally, our Mission is to empower American Indian women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity. Our Vision is to be focused and collaborative leaders in building intergenerational hope, health, cultural prosperity and education for American Indian families.

https://www.nativewomenssociety.org/

The Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains, Reclaiming Our Sacredness, is a coalition of domestic violence and/or sexual assault programs committed to the reclamation of the sacred status of women.

http://7genfund.org/

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples' purpose is dedicated to Indigenous Peoples' self-determination and the sovereignty of Native nations.

Our Team

Our team of Indigenous Women have come together for our friends, sisters, and community. Here's a little information about who we are!

Amber LaBelle is currently living in Sioux Falls, SD working in the mental health field at Avera Behavioral Health Center, primarily in the specialized inpatient Adult units. She enjoys the outdoors with her dog and traveling to National parks.

Chelsey Biegler is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is currently working in Rapid City as an Emergency Department Registered Nurse. This is her first marathon. 

Elizabeth Skye is currently a senior at the University of South Dakota. She is an indigenous artist whose work has been primarily about contemporaneous indigeneity and its place within the future of ceramics. Skye is also a data visualist for the Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) where she continues working on her project, Unbottling Injustice: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, & Two-Spirit Peoples. This project aims to create a critical lens on how these cases are handled by law enforcement and how they are treated by the public, in order to incite community dialogue and engage in discussions about the ways in which society must be held accountable when addressing the MMIWG2 epidemic. 

Harriet Standing Soldier is a 26 year old direct support professional living in South Dakota. She supports people living with disabilities throughout their daily lives.

Jada Brown is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe and currently lives in the Twin Cities. She is a vocalist and poet who is passionate about engaging in creative resistance work.

Mia Reinhart is a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. She is full of passion and excitement, and loves trying new things and helping others. 

Mica Standing Soldier is an Oglala Lakota woman pursuing a career in law after finishing her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has held a variety of roles in organizations campus and community-wide, and is currently serving as the President of Wepod, a digital source of news and entertainment that caters to communities of color through an original and unique way of reporting news and entertainment.

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