On May 5, the Montana State University Billings Native American Achievement Center, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, and Native American Development Corporation are hosting a gathering and group photoshoot at Swords Park as a symbolic transition of the organizations’ cause from "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women" to "Missing and Murdered Indigenous People."
The change has been decided upon in order to be more inclusive of all Indigenous peoples affected by the gaps in policy, law enforcement, and other sectors that allow so many indigenous loved ones to go missing and murdered every year.
The event will take place at 7 p.m. at Swords Park, located at Rimtop Drive, said a news release from MSUB. Parking is limited, so all participants are encouraged to park at the MSUB campus parking lot for free carpools/shuttles to and from the location.
As this crisis affects all Indigenous people, women and men of all ages are welcome to line the infamous Billings “Rims” to make a stand.
The event is also an opportunity for photographers of any skill level to showcase their work through a social media contest. Photographers can post their photos of the “Line the Rims in Red” gathering to the MMIW March Facebook page by midnight on Sunday, May 12.
The photo with the most likes will have the opportunity to be used for upcoming MMIP events.
For more information, contact Reno Charette, director of the Native American Achievement Center at MSUB, by calling 657-2144, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.