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Missing woman remembered during Indigenous Peoples Day #MMIW

Notafraid Perkins holds a photo of missing indigenous woman Esther Maria Smith, who once lived in Bloomington, and disappeared in 2006 after leaving her home in Washington State, during Indigengous Peoples Day, Monday, Oct., 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Ind. Agnes Woodward, right, read a statement about the missing woman. Woodward said a woman with Maria Smith’s ID checked into the New Hope shelter in 2016, but nobody remembers a person matching her description.
According to the website, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, “The U.S Department of Justice found that American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.
Homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 10-24 years of age and the fifth leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native women between 25 and 34 years of age. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Homicide.” Woodward said she’s trying to bring attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women MMIW issues, and also help find Maria Smith. Anybody who has information about Esther Maria Smith should contact Detective Kay Walker at (360) 416-1911 case number: 19-01718. #MMIW
(Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
Anybody who has information about Esther Maria Smith should contact Detective Kay Walker at (360) 416-1911 case number: 19-01718. #MMIW

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