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Missing murdered and Indigenous women panel opens up conversations

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CLOQUET,MN-- Continuing the conversation on missing and murdered indigenous women.

Local organizations and state leaders took part in a panel discussion at Fond du Lac Community College.

In attendance was State Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein.

Kunesh-Podein has led studies and was at the forefront of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's task force in Minnesota.

Kunesh-Podein says, "When I first introduced the whole topic of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, boys, men, and their two spirits. So many of the population, so many of the people had no idea this had been happening for decades if not centuries," says Kunesh-Podein.

People of all ages and backgrounds were in attendance and were able to share comments and questions.

The goal of the event was to educate the public on the efforts being made to fight the issue.

Other women who took part in the panel say the focus is making change.

Rene Ann Goodrich from Native Lives Matter said, "And it's families who are doing the strongest advocacy in this missing and murdered indigenous women's movement. And it's also families who are pushing for legislative changes."

Change for the victims and their families.

Sarah Curtiss from the Men as Peacemakers organization added, "I sit here as a person who really believes in the power of our community. And creating that soft ground to hold those families of our relatives that don't get to come home."

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Emma Quinn

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