(photo,Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

Over the last few decades the ongoing atrocity of missing and murdered native women has been heavy lifted out of stone cold silence by the mothers, sisters, and friends of the victims. In tribe after tribe native women have tirelessly organized, protested, and marched to bring the story to light and justice.

In eulogizing the recent murder of native woman Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, the National Indian Women’s Resource Center writes, “It is an abomination that many times the only searches for our missing women are organized by family and friends, and not law enforcement.”

Taylor Sheridan, the acclaimed writer and director of Wind River, says he made his movie to bring attention to the assaults of native women and to do so with “authenticity”. So he took all the wealth and power of his filmic resources and proceeded to erase native women from their story and freeze them into silence again.

In Sheridan’s telling the starring avengers of the film’s murdered native woman are a white man hunter, a white woman FBI agent, and a native man law enforcement officer, the very characters who in authentic reality have been at the forefront of turning their backs on the missing and murdered women.  

Wherever are the story’s authentic brave native women who in real life have led the searches and struggles for justice?


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