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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

568 comments

  • Sadie W.
    08/04/2020 18:38

    Awesome!!

  • Theresa L.
    07/31/2020 23:17

    I’m so sorry to hear about this just breaks my heart I know how you feel may God heal your heart I ask in Jesus name amen

  • Toronny T.
    05/19/2020 00:23

    I truly support you I am a black man living in America so I know exactly what you’re going through

  • Toronny T.
    05/19/2020 00:21

    I truly support you I am a black man living in America so I know exactly what you’re going through

  • Angelika R.
    05/13/2020 14:48

    please share!

  • Tasha M.
    05/12/2020 15:19

    INCREDIBLE!! ♥️

  • Sonya E.
    05/11/2020 16:26

    Never hear this in the news💔

  • Rubin M.
    05/01/2020 22:43

    Decent, strong women like her should run the world...

  • Teresa G.
    04/24/2020 04:35

    She is so Beautiful Cousin , Blessings sent her way to continue the good Fight for Life.

  • Rachel C.
    04/16/2020 03:40

    Bless her heart. Never give up. What amazing person she is.

  • Sato P.
    04/13/2020 06:07

    good on you mate!

  • Helica S.
    03/30/2020 19:39

    What a Warrior!!

  • Beabe C.
    03/16/2020 21:07

    Please vote for Bernie Sanders the Native Americans know we need him Biden is no different than Trump please look at my Facebook for the truth

  • Gwen A.
    03/14/2020 13:38

    God bless you all stand tall and be counted.

  • Jane C.
    03/12/2020 06:45

    Lovely brave and talented young woman. Don’t let anyone stop you. You have the right to do all of this.

  • Jennifer O.
    02/24/2020 16:59

    You are very couragous girl ❤ inspire others to beleive in helping others.

  • James T.
    02/08/2020 17:56

    Sad our Native American Indians us still falling victim to The American hateful racist system

  • Kaihoe A.
    02/08/2020 00:11

    Ka pai keo!!!! Your an inspiration and bring mana to u, your family and the families that you run for to keep the ones memories that they have lost alive!!!! Keep going

  • Dwight M.
    11/18/2019 17:08

    I stand with you all . Yes this is very important and needs to be spoken loudly about .

  • Miles J.
    11/08/2019 18:10

    Thank you for What you are doing You and your Family/families are all in my Prayers 🙏🏿🙏🏿😪😪

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