Seal of the State of Nevada

WHEREAS,  Nevada is home to more than 80,000 American Indians, comprising 27 Tribal Nations, Bands, and Colonies, plus Urban Indians who choose to make the Silver State their current home; and

WHEREAS, the Nevada Indian Commission is a state agency created in 1965 to study matters affecting the social and economic welfare and well-being of American Indians residing in Nevada; and

WHEREAS, Nevada has at least 4 unsolved cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women and children dating back to 2018 and nationwide, more than 84% of Indigenous women experience violence in their lifetime, and 96% of Indigenous women report being victimized by a non-Native person, additionally according to a study conducted on behalf of the United States Department of Justice, in some tribal communities, Indigenous women face murder rates that are roughly ten times the national average; and

WHEREAS, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), became federal law on September 13, 1994, and sought to expand federal judicial resources to provide protection to women who are victims of violent abuse; the VAWA was subsequently reauthorized through 2026, as United States President Joe Biden signed the Act just 51 days ago; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada is committed to addressing the persistent violence endured by Native American families and communities in our state, including by working with our Tribal governments and communities to address the important issues of missing or murdered Indigenous persons; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada is committed to increase coordination to investigate and resolve these cases, to ensure accountability, and to address the underlying causes behind those numbers, including sexual violence, human trafficking, domestic violence, violent crime, systemic racism, economic disparities, and substance use and addiction; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada and the Nevada Indian Commission are committed to providing the leadership needed to hold perpetrators accountable, to keep American Indian and Alaska Native communities safe, and to provide closure for families; and

WHEREAS, through the efforts of suffering and surviving families, the United States Senate passed a resolution designated May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls; and

WHEREAS, on this May 5, the State of Nevada calls on all its citizens 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;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2022, as

NATIONAL DAY OF AWARENESS FOR MISSING AND MURDERED NATIVE WOMEN AND GIRLS

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 4th day of May, 2022

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