May 5th has been designated by activists as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Day since 2017. It is a part of the National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, The Medicine Wheel Ride participated in/and hosted a variety of events during the week.
On April 29th, Patti Hibbeler, CEO of the Phoenix Indian Center, and singers from Diné Urban Singers joined us at the MMIW mural in Phoenix for an MMIW/MMIP remembrance as we prepared to ride from Phoenix to San Diego.
Several riders then headed for our overnight stop at the Quechan Resort in Winterhaven, CA. On April 30th, with riders from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, we made our way to Quechan Reservation tribal administration to meet with council and community members. We held a ceremony, Elder Barbara Levy shared many insights with us, and we honored the missing and murdered from their Reservation. We had the honor of meeting the family of Patronnia Waters. Rez Rider Wheels gifted them with an Eagle Feather for strength and to always be close to her Spirit.
After an escort led us through Reservation neighborhoods, with lots of honking and waving, we gassed up and headed to San Diego.
On Saturday, May 1st, The Medicine Wheel Ride partnered North County Indian Motorcycle and Indian Motorcycle of San Diego, with the help of the Oceanside Chrome Divas, to host a ride for MMIW awareness. The Chrome Divas set up the event, including the Medicine Wheel Ride MMIW exhibit. More than 150 bikers joined us for the twisty 105 mile ride and were greeted by a variety of vendors, great music and food, and guest speakers.
Back in Phoenix on May 5th, The Medicine Wheel Ride volunteers attended the ceremony for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at the Arizona Capitol. The mobile exhibit was displayed alongside the Phoenix Indian Center's Ribbon Skirt display. They met many families, learned of new opportunities to provide assistance, and helped raise awareness of this horrible epidemic.