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NIWRC Calls for Support for Ashlynne Mike’s Family and a National Response to Missing and Murdered Native Women
5/10/2016 3:00:00 PM - Victims Of Crime


Press Contact: Princella Redcorn

Tel. (402) 417-4174

May 5, 2016


Lame Deer, Montana — The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)

releases this statement to offer prayers and support to the family of Ashlynne Mike. “The

difficulty of this heartbreaking situation has required us to pause for prayer as parents,

aunties, and grandmas,” said Lucy Simpson, Executive Director of NIWRC. “The abrupt

and violent taking of the innocent life of this Native Diné child is deeply felt by all of the

NIWRC family.”

Ashlynne Mike, an 11-year-old girl on the Navajo Nation, was kidnapped, sexually

assaulted, and found dead this week. The suspect has been apprehended and federal

authorities are conducting the criminal investigation.

“We are currently working to raise awareness and build momentum to address the pattern

of missing and murdered Native women and girls in the United States such as the tragic

kidnapping and murder of Ashlynne Mike,” stated Cherrah Giles, NIWRC Board

President. “NIWRC encourages tribal communities to come together as relatives and

offer prayers for Ashlynne Mike’s family and community.”

NIWRC would like to show support for the Mike family and the Coalition to Stop

Violence Against Native Women’s (CSVANW) efforts in New Mexico. The Coalition

will hold a community gathering the evening of Thursday, May 5th, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at

the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The CSVANW is accepting monetary

donations (online via their website, by phone, and/or in person) and donated goods (such

as non-perishable food, fabric, blankets, yarn, and items that are traditionally used in

ceremonies and as give-away items that the family can use). These items will be

delivered to the family on Friday May 6th.

This Saturday, May 7th, 2016, at the Shiprock Marathon, CSVANW and NIWRC staff

will wear yellow (Ashlynne’s favorite color) and dedicate their run to Ashlynne Mike.

“Our traditions teach us running in prayer brings strength to others. Three generations of

my family will run in prayer for healing and comfort in Shiprock, NM, on Saturday. My

life’s work is directly impacted by this tragedy and all intentional harms to children,

women, and families. May the Creator receive beautiful Ashlynne,” said Dorma

Sahneyah, NIWRC Director of Training and Technical Assistance.

Please use #ForAshlynne #JusticeforAshlynne #iwillRUNforher to bring awareness to

violence against Native women and children.

“Our deepest condolences from the NIWRC to the family of Ashlynne Mike, our tribal

communities, and our relatives,” said Lucy Simpson.


About the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization that

provides technical assistance and training, policy development and system management,

materials, and resource information on violence against Native women and the

development of tribal strategies and responses to end the violence. (

Ashlynne Mike

The Victims of Crime planted yellow flowers (Ashlynne’s favorite color) in remembrance and solidarity with Ashlynne Mike and her family. The flowers are planted outside of the Tribal Police Department last Friday, May 6, 2016. The Victims of Crime Program responded after the NIWRC asked tribal communities to raise awareness and support for Ashlynne Mike’s family. Additionally, The Victims of Crime Program would like to thank Behavioral Health’s Domestic Violence Program for donating the funds to purchase the flowers.