May 5th, 2021 MMIW+ Utah Day of Remembrance

May 5th, 2021 MMIW+ Utah Day of Remembrance

In honor Utah’s Day of Remembrance Michelle Brown facilitated a conversation between Representative Angela Romero, and Denae Shanidiin of Ancestral Winds to discuss the initiatives and work done so far for Missing and Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s. Romero is the co-chair of Utah’s Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Task Force, formed in 2019.

Read more about our event reported by the DailyUtahn, Spectrum, and Utah Tar Sands Resistance.

KRCL RadioACTive Discussion MMIW+ Activists

KRCL RadioACTive Discussion MMIW+ Activists

Tune in and learn why it’s difficult to find an Indigenous person once they go missing. Hear from Denae Shanidiin of MMIwhoismissing and Restoring Ancestral Winds, Michelle Brown of the MMIW+Utah campaign of PANDOS, and Representative Angela Romero.

Listen to the full discussion on RadioACTive. 

KUTV 2News Investigation MMIW+ Utah

KUTV 2News Investigation MMIW+ Utah

Jurisdictional loopholes, racial miscategorization, and no database for MMIW+ in Utah. Read the full story from KUTV. Pandos Michelle Brown shares her insight and Representative Angela Romero speaks on the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Task Force with state law enforcement.

Camp Last Hope

Dave John, treasurer of PANDOS and weekend chef at Camp Last Hope, connected the inception of Camp Last Hope to the closing of the Road Home in 2019. 

“I hope the city [and] the state kind of look at the problem we have which they caused,” John said. “I remember delivering to the Road Home, and even though there were still people out there, at least they still had like 450 beds. But when they closed that down, it just made a big problem.”

Read the full article reported By Anthony Giorgio

At Camp Last Hope, community protects unsheltered people

January 2020 Womxn’s March Pandos and MMIW Join Collaboration

Black Lives Matter, Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform in Utah, Restoring Ancestral Winds, and other organizations marched to the Salt Lake Capital to raise awareness for MMIW. 

“Yolanda Fransisco-Nez from Restoring Ancestral Winds began with a prayer, filling the atmosphere with spiritual cadence. The first speaker was MMIW’s Michelle Brown who gave a passionate speech spotlighting violence against indigenous women, a group that is killed at 10 times the national average. Shedding light on the unfair treatment of these cases and the inconsistencies in Utah’s laws, she ends her speech by asking those with women in their lives: “Listen to her, protect her, respect her. She is our future.” Following her was the Women’s Issues Director of the Utah Prisoner Advocate NetworkBrittnee Webb, who spoke about a group she calls “The Forgotten.” These mothers, sisters and daughters are the incarcerated women in Utah’s prisons and jails. She shared harrowing stories of the treatment of these women, and urged the crowd to vote for leaders who will make changes for this group that is so often left out of the women’s rights conversation.”

Read more about the march in Slug magazine.

Camp MniLuzahan & Creek Patrol Response

Camp MniLuzahan & Creek Patrol Response

On October 16, 2020 The Luzahan Creek Patrol set up some Tee Pees to help the unsheltered Indigenous Brothers and Sisters in Rapid City. The Rapid City Police department raided the camp, six people were arrested and released that Saturday  morning. The Luzahan Creek Patrol sought permission from the Pine Ridge, Rose  Bud and Cheyenne River Tribe to set up a camp for the unsheltered outside of  Rapid City.

They have made a call for help in supplying the camp. #LandBack

We answered that call and are organizing a fundraiser and Covid-19 testing supplies. Thank you to NextGen Laboratory for your help to supply needs to the camp, Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Cheyenne River.

Learn more from the NDN Collective reporting on Camp Mni Luzahan.

Blue Bird Flour Donations

Please help our relatives by providing quality flour. The next time you visit the Native American Trading Post, buy an extra bag of flour, and leave the donation at the store. We will pick up the donations and hand deliver them to the camp.

Native American Trading Post – 3971 S Redwood Rd, West Valley City, UT 84123

Camp Needs

Camp supplies wish list can be found here. Please donate Kitchen items before other supplies if possible.

Contacts for drop off locations:
​Salt Lake City Area – Lindsay Beebe (860) 490-7828 
Utah County – Dave John (801) 420-7288 (Please leave a message)
​Green River, Wyoming – Tomacita Ranger Becenti (307) 871-6131 ​

Support

Camp Mniluzahan needs volunteers, meals, security, first aid, medical support, monetary donations, and legal funds

​Visit their site to learn more about how you can help.​

Pandos MMIW+ Utah Michelle Brown Addresses Bountiful High Mascot

“Imagine googling the simple phrase “high school mascot.” An array of silly animal costumes from every beast imaginable begin to populate the screen. In addition to all the beasts used for entertaining crowds at sporting events and assemblies, picture a lone Native American more popularly known as “a Brave” at Bountiful High School.

Now imagine being a Native American from any tribe living in Utah, with the full understanding that the people in positions of power believe their portrayal of your race belongs among the lineup of the mascot beasts. It’s not a humanizing feeling.”

Read more of Michelle’s article published in the Salt Lake Tribune. 

 

Utah Public Radio HB116

“The passage of HB 116 is a significant step to confronting this problem, but it is only a part of the overall work being done by groups and individuals on this issue. 

Michelle Brown is the Chairperson for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Utah, a group working under the umbrella of PANDOS, a non-profit grassroots activism organization. She describes work that supports families and educates the public about individuals who are missing or who have been murdered. “

Read the entire article for more information and comments from Representative Angela Romero.