Red Shawl Day on Nov. 19 honors missing and murdered Indigenous people
Today on Red Shawl Day and throughout the week, people are encouraged to wear a red shawl or other red clothing as a way to acknowledge the loss of sacred lifeblood.
Memorial and prayer services are dedicated to remembering the memory of missing and murdered loved ones, especially women and children. Native communities have long struggled with high rates of assault, abduction and murder of women.
Arizona accounts for a tenth of all open cases of missing Indigenous peoples compiled by NamUS, or the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. It’s the third highest total in the nation, only behind Alaska and Oklahoma.
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