Robert Cotnoir, "Red Hand (Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Series)", 16" x 20", Acrylic on Canvas
Message from artist Robert Cotnoir regarding the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women series of paintings:
"The missing and murdered indigenous women epidemic affects indigenous peoples of Canada and the United States including first nations, Inuit, and Native American communities.
A mass movement in the United States and Canada works to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women through organized marches, community meetings, local city council meetings, Tribal Council meetings and domestic violence trainings.
The government of Canada established a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. From 1980 to 2012, indigenous women represented 16% of all female homicides in Canada while constituting only 4% of the female population. In the United States, Native American women are more than twice as likely to experience violence than other demographics.
The federal Violence Against Women Act was re-authorized in 2013, which, for the first time, gave Tribes jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute felony domestic violence offenses.
In 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, by a vote of 263 to 158. The Act increases Tribes' prosecution rights much further, however it's progress has stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate."
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