Native American women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than any other demographic. Four out of five experience violence in their lifetimes. “Here in South Dakota, I’m hoping we lead the nation in stopping it,” Noem pronounced. Event participant Jimmy Hallum explained the provenance of the quilt. Organizers planned the ride that Noem joined as a link between today’s unchecked violence against native women with that perpetrated ever since more than a century ago. It spotlighted the imprisonment of women and children at Ft. Randall on today’s Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation in the leadup to the mass execution of their warriors at Mankato, Minnesota, an outcome of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War.
This quilt has some truly special meaning. It was presented back in June, following a horseback ride for MMIW. Now, the quilt will be permanently displayed in our Capitol - such an honor! I am humbled by this gift and am grateful for the opportunity to display it. pic.twitter.com/UlJ289rguW— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) November 5, 2019
More than 300 captive women and children died after succumbing to starvation and nearly unspeakable denigration, according to historical research. Hallum winces at “the horrors the women went through, watching their children die and suffering abuses from the very soldiers sent there to guard them.” So, his group rode to Pierre, to the capitol, “to bring awareness about the abuses that occurred to the women back then, also to the ones suffering today with all the missing and murdered indigenous relatives,” he said.