It is North America’s dark, open secret that native women are far more likely to be raped, and far more likely to be murdered. Given the complicated and tense mesh of federal, state and tribal law – as well as entrenched racism towards indigenous people across North America – cases continue to fall through the cracks.~ Lucy Anna Gray
The history books we were forced
to memorize whitewashed the grim
reality, glossing over
of 500 nations —
the deliberate, ironic cruelty
those treated most savagely
by our greedy influx
pious people guided by god:
rob the inhabitants, take the land
steal their children, their languages,
their cultures. In bold, the word
the evil, even now refusing
to reconcile or even acknowledge
the damage. Let alone
retrain the trainers,
compose new toddlers’ songs,
rewrite the children’s stories.
We’re still here,
they shout, to the stellar students
of books which insist they never existed
in the first place. And no one is looking
for the women,
missing by the thousands.
We would conduct a more diligent search
for a herd stampeding
the gaping fence
of the overgrown pasture
on what they still consider
stolen land. Our perspective
officials scratch their heads,
shrug their shoulders.
Where could they all have gone?
So irresponsible to leave their children,
their homes, not even wearing shoes,
what must they have been thinking?
It’s a mystery,
obviously no foul play.
It’s not a crime to abandon
everything you love,
how could we possibly
prosecute a woman
who makes that choice?
The blind injustice covering up
yet again, this callous disregard
for sacred lives.
And the documentary Vanished: The Search For Murdered And Missing Native American Women. Watch it here.