Invisible Epidemic: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives

Lecture by Professor Kasey Jernigan

Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirits go missing or are murdered at startling rates. Although Indigenous-led movements are working hard to bring more awareness to this issue, there is limited legislation, police support, and mainstream media coverage. This talk discusses issues of data, legislation, and why this violence continues in Indian Country and beyond.

This event begins at 5:00 pm so attendees can see an installation of red dresses in the trees surrounding the museum. The lecture will be held under a tent behind the museum. Please allow sufficient time to park and take your seat by 6:00 pm.

Teresa Pollak will welcome participants on behalf of the Monacan Nation and introduce Professor Jernigan. A reception will follow the lecture.

Kasey Jernigan is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and an Assistant Professor in the departments of American Studies and Anthropology. Her work links historical trauma with contemporary experiences of structural violence to make sense of disparate health outcomes among Indigenous peoples. She teaches courses on Native American and Indigenous Studies that address #MMIR, settler colonialism, and land-based health.