The Missoula Urban Indian Health Center (MUIHC) is hosting Indigenous Heritage Night at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field Thursday, August 29th at 7:05. Events include Native singers, dancers, drummers, traditional games and vendors.
MUIHC and several other local American Indian organizations will be in attendance so be sure to stop by the informational booths between innings!
According to the Sovereign Bodies Institute, over 50 indigenous women and girls went missing in the state of Montana in 2018. Indigenous women and girls make up around 3% to 4% of the population in the state but are around 30% of those deemed missing by the Montana Department of Justice. 97% of perpetrators of violent crime against Indigenous women were non-native as found by the National Justice Institute. This is not just a reservation problem; urban areas such as Missoula and Billings have some of the highest cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Billings is ranked fifth in the nation for MMIWG cases, as stated by the Urban Health Institute. In response to this crisis, The Missoula Urban Indian Health Center (MUIHC), in partnership with the Missoula Human Trafficking Task Force, are committed to addressing this human rights issue.