Have you been affected by the MMIW epidemic?
RENO, Nev. — If the answer is “yes,” then we would like to hear from you.
First Nation’s Focus contributor Alejandra Rubio, who is originally from Camp Verde, Arizona, and is a member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, is currently a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno.
As part of a project she’s working on in an effort to obtain her Master of Fine Arts degree, Rubio is looking to bring more awareness to Northern Nevada about the ongoing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic.
Rubio wants to interview Native Americans in Northern Nevada who may have been impacted by this issue.
After gold was found in California, silver was discovered in Virginia City, and the Comstock bonanza lured those seeking riches onto Washoe terrain. The settlers viewed the land as an object of financial opportunity. In a very short time, pine nuts, seeds, game and fish had been overused. The harmonious rhythm that the Washoe had maintained was broken.