RAPID CITY, SD – Outside the Journey Museum in Rapid City, a special exhibit is on display, honoring missing and murdered Indigenous women and children.
A teepee and red robe cords have been installed by the Red Ribbon Skirt Society and other organizations such as the Medicine Wheel Riders and the Brave Heart Society.
Members of the groups as well as the police worked together to set up the display on Monday afternoon.
The tipi and the dresses are reminiscent of the missing and not forgotten women and children.
“It’s not just a law enforcement problem. Missing persons, especially missing women and children, we cannot solve many of them on our own. We need the community’s help, ”said Lt. Tim Doyle of the Rapid City Police Department. “So any help we have from the community, to help us. Helping reach members of the community that we may not be able to reach will help us locate these people earlier and safely. “
And as Indigenous women and children continue to be at risk, members work to ensure they stay safe.
“If I could save even one woman walking down the street, then I would have done my job,” said Darla Black, the Red Ribbon Skirt Society.
Black is also a member of the Medicine Wheel Riders and the Brave Heart Society, in addition to having years of law enforcement experience.
“I’ve done my job, praying about it, talking about it, being part of these three women’s societies, doing these kinds of events. At least we saved someone.
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