MMIW Awareness Workshop

WINDOW ROCK, AZ – On Thursday, May 2, 2024, the Navajo Nation Division of Behavioral & Mental Heath Services (DBMHS) co-hosted a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Awareness Workshop in recognition of May 5th as National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Person’s Awareness Day at the Ch’ihootso Indian Market Place (Window Rock Flea Market).

Sponsored by Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) and in partnership with Navajo Police Department (NPD), the event aims to promote awareness about how to protect yourself, as well as loved ones, and to share community resources about Murdered and Missing Diné Relatives (MMDR) across the Navajo Nation. DBMHS provided on-site registration and a “Healthy Relationships” presentation for 123 attendees. NPD presented about “Situational Awareness” and information about the department’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) initiative.

Additional presentations were provided by the Office of the President & Vice President (OPVP), Office of the Speaker, New Mexico Senator Shannon D. Pinto (District 3), and several departments/organizations including the Navajo Health Education Program, Navajo Nation Office of the Chief Prosecutor, Tséhootsooí Medical Center Family Advocacy Center, Utah Navajo Health System Victim Advocacy Program, Victim Witness Services for Northern Arizona, Battered Families Services Inc. Murdered & Missing Persons Program, and Capacity Builders Inc. Navajo Youth Builders Coalition.