Pepita Redhair, a 27-year-old Navajo woman who dreams of becoming an engineer and loves skateboarding, was last seen in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March 2020.
The redhair’s disappearance was not reported in the local media. According to his mother, Anita King, detectives said they had no clue.
Now King, 62, is holding an October 3 rally in Albuquerque to demand justice for her daughter after the disappearance of another young American woman, Gabby Pettito, that drew Granthshala attention.
“I thought my voice wasn’t important, my daughter wasn’t important because she was Native American,” King said Friday from her home in Crownpoint, New Mexico.
He is being helped by Native American activists who take note of how much more media coverage was given to Petito, a 22-year-old white woman, compared to missing and murdered women of color.
“It is systemic racism, it is historical and inter-generational trauma that perpetuates these stigmas that black and brown people are not as important as white people,” said Jolene Holgate, director of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Indigenous Women. he said https://www.csvanw.org in Albuquerque.
“I want to extend my love and prayers to the (Petito) family and I’m so glad they got this closure and I hope they get justice,” Holgate said. petito’s body Found in Wyoming on Sunday. “We really feel like our stories aren’t being amplified as much.”
state studies show that Native peoples, particularly women and girls, represent a disproportionately large number of missing and murder cases, but do not receive equal attention from the media or law enforcement.
“Native racism and Indigenous women’s stereotypes are the primary reasons for the disproportionate response in Minnesota when an Indigenous woman, girl, or two spirits goes missing or is murdered,” said a December State report.
The first Native American cabinet secretary, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, said Thursday that extensive media coverage of Petito was reminiscent of hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
“Hopefully, the people who are writing the news, and broadcasting the news, will understand that these women are friends, neighbors, classmates, and also work colleagues,” said Holland, who served as a member of the Native Missing and Murder Task Force. has established https://www.doi.gov/news/secretary-haaland-creates-new-missing-murdered-unit-pursue-justice-missing-or-murdered-american, told reporters.
Not every case is reported in the media.
The disappearance of 20-year-old Ashley Loring heavy runner in 2017 has been the subject of hundreds of newspaper and television stories, 14 documentaries, and currently the podcast “Up and Vanished.”
“We were really forced to know this,” said his sister Kimberly Loring, 27, who took to social media and lobbied policymakers to get attention. “We are not being seen as important.”
Redhair’s mother, King, said she was finding some solace in her support of Native American groups and the media attention more than 18 months after her daughter went missing.
“It makes me feel like I’m not alone,” King said. (Reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Editing by Donna Bryson and Daniel Wallis)