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Running for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Her aunt was one of many indigenous women who have gone missing or been found murdered. Now, Rosalie Fish is running track to raise awareness about the epidemic.

Running for Awareness of Indigenous Fenticide

High school track champ Rosalie Fish runs for a cause greater than medals: raising awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women. They're represented by a handprint on her face. Rosalie is from the Cowlitz and Muckleshoot Tribes in Washington. During a state track and field meet, she dedicated each race to a missing or murdered indigenous women. During her 1,600-meter race, that was when she honored her aunt, Alice Looney, who disappeared in 2004. Her body was found over a year later.

Rosalie Fish is the most recognizable athlete at the small-school state track and field meet. The five trips to the awards podium to receive three gold medals, a silver and a sportsmanship award helped. But as the Muckleshoot Tribal School student circled the track 18 times over three days, she stood out for the bright red paint over her mouth and the letters MMIW on her right leg. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. It’s an epidemic on reservations across America. Violence against Native American women is rampant, and according to a recent study police agency are not adequately identifying or reporting cases when a woman is killed or reported missing.

Alice’s sisters, Caroline and Mary remember the day they learned of her death. The sisters say they had many questions about Alice’s disappearance, but police didn’t have answers. 15 years later, Alice's murder remains unsolved. But her sisters are grateful for Rosalie’s efforts to keep her memory alive — and raise awareness that Native women face murder rates up to 10 times the national average according to the Justice Department. As of 2016, there were 5,712 cases of missing Native women or girls reported to the National Crime Information Center based on data from the FBI. Rosalie’s gesture was inspired by Boston Marathon runner Jordan Marie Daniel. Rosalie won three gold medals and one silver medal. She gave them to the families of the women she ran for.

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07/05/2019 10:19 AMupdated: 08/05/2019 3:03 PM

20 comments

  • Natasha D.
    02/07/2021 02:23

    So lovely dear.Im a part of this movement also and I praise you❣❣❣

  • David B.
    01/21/2021 06:47

    I got nothing. But something that could be put in place is self defense training like krav maga for the women, including concealed carry, and a network where they keep track of each other and who they are with as continuously as possible. Also stay in pairs or larger groups whenever convenient.

  • Martin B.
    01/21/2021 06:40

    It feels like the cops are doing the kidnappings & murders.. 🤔

  • Jesse E.
    01/21/2021 02:42

    Looks like the tom hanks volleyball to me

  • Sofiane .
    01/20/2021 22:46

    I suffer from illness and I suffer from pain because of the disease. This disease has exhausted me a lot for 3 years, and I am asking for help from charitable organizations and from anyone who is able to help me treat the disease outside my country

  • Joel O.
    01/20/2021 22:32

    You are heard young lady. Pleas continue pursuing what you have started. Whole world is here to support all through out. Every lives matter.

  • Mark D.
    01/20/2021 13:18

    Stay safe

  • Nancy W.
    01/19/2021 22:47

    I'm so sorry 😥

  • James D.
    01/19/2021 20:46

    I am sorry to say but you think your voice will be heard your voice will be shut faster because we have a president that is a child molester already

  • Marcie A.
    01/19/2021 20:41

    Our children make me proud ❤️

  • Birthe S.
    01/19/2021 20:04

    😥😥😍😍

  • Mary J.
    01/19/2021 19:56

    Yes, every life matters. Thank you.

  • Jaime L.
    01/19/2021 19:19

    It's time to stop all Kind of abuse against people all around the world, women and everybody else should be protected by the governments and we must defend the Human Rights all over the world

  • Yohei K.
    01/19/2021 17:12

    Every lives matter

  • Sonny W.
    01/19/2021 15:07

    🔖

  • Baki P.
    01/19/2021 14:40

    Modern genocide unbelievable we live in such a cruel world

  • Matt P.
    01/19/2021 14:25

    The Creator I guarantee is very proud of you 💖💖💖💖💖

  • Matt P.
    01/19/2021 14:24

    The Creator is watching over everyone shared

  • Matt P.
    01/19/2021 14:23

    🙏💖🙏💖🙏 shared

  • Keith B.
    01/19/2021 13:43

    Superb