Safety for Our Sisters: Ending Violence Against Native Women – 6 Marita Growing Thunder
Marking Women’s History Month, this symposium draws attention to the pervasive issue of violence against Native women, who suffer disproportionately high levels of rape, domestic violence, and attacks. In this segment, Marita Growing Thunder, a student at the University of Montana, speaks on "Save Our Sisters, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls." Marita Growing Thunder, an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Eastern Montana, is an activist, leader, and clothing designer. Now a sophomore at the University of Montana–Missoula studying political science and psychology with a minor in visual art, she was raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation by her mother Shannon Ahhaitty. In high school, Growing Thunder designed, sewed, and wore a traditional dress every school day to honor a missing or murdered Indigenous woman or girl. Growing Thunder’s work with the Save Our Sisters, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women awareness project continues, and she currently hosts an annual 80-mile walk across the Flathead Indian Reservation during March to advocate for Native women. The symposium was webcast and recorded in the Rasumuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on March 21, 2019.