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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
“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.
Pandos Dave John and Honey Rhonda Duvall Raise Funds Through Indigenous Music Festival to Raise COVID-19 Testing Supply Needs on Abc4news
Thank you to the many artists, sponsors, and support from our community.
Special thank you to our sponsors KRCL and Utah Navajo Health Systems. Big shout out to Talia Keys and Pete Sams for sharing your amazing musical talents.
“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.
“I have the right to live, I have the right to be heard, I have the right to not just fight back, but to try and prevent these issues that affect my people and myself,” Boyce said to a quiet and ruminating audience.