Awareness raised for above average Native Alaskan murder rates in women

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Murder rates among Alaska Native and American Indian women are 10 times the national average. While May 5th was National Awareness Day for the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women's Movement - today more than a hundred Alaskans marched in support. For several hours today, they marched, drummed, and chanted in remembrance of the loved ones they lost. Passing in front of City Hall and Fairbanks Police Department, they made their message known. Keynote speakers talked about how many cases end up lost in the judicial system. Leaving families without closure. Michelle Demmert, Chief Justice for the Tlingit and Haida Tribes, said that forty percent of Alaskan communities don't have law enforcement. A fact that leaves them on their own in the wake of tragedy. Each life, one of the five thousand - four hundred - and forty three. According to Chief Justice for the Tlingit and Haida Tribes, Michelle Demmert; “The fact that there is a lack of law enforcement in many of our communities, really puts us at risk for an increased level of crime. If you see something, say something. You know, don't turn your on someone who is obviously hurting.