PHOTOS: Native American women lead 2019 Women’s March Reno
First Nation's Focus
RENO, Nev. — For the third consecutive year, members of Great Basin Native American Tribes and other Indigenous nations led the third annual Women’s March Reno on Saturday, Jan. 19.
According to a press release from event organizers, as many as 5,000 people took part in the 2019 march.
Leading the march was a strong contingent of Native American women who wore carefully hand-made, bold red attire — the color of love, and the color of passion — to serve as a prominent reminder that the on-going epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women continues.
“This is important as an indigenous woman and as a leader in my community,” said Robin M. Eagle, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Council Treasurer, one of the many Native women who attended and helped carry the “Together We Will Rise” banner. “It is also important for me to show my children that we don’t always get everything that we want, but we can fight for everything what we want.”
When asked what she wants to see happen for future women’s marches, she said: “I’m hoping that we get bigger, better and stronger. Also, that we can spread the word and hopefully get more male supporters.”
Laurie A. Thom, chairwoman of the Yerington Paiute Tribe, also attended the Jan. 19 march. When asked why she felt the event was important for Nevada’s Native community, she said it’s because she can “see all our sisters come together and stand up to become stronger for each other and for our land and water.”
As they did for the 2018 march a year ago, several Native jingle dancers — moms, daughters, grandmas, sisters and friends — also took part in the march. New this year, The Mankillers, an all-woman Native American drum group, also performed, according to a news release from the RSIC.
Dr. Debra Harry, a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and a lecturer for the University of Nevada’s Gender, Race, and Identify Program, was one of the featured speakers for the march.
Go to womensmarchreno.org to learn more about the annual event.
Alejandra Rubio (Yavapai-Apache) is a contributor to First Nation’s Focus. She attended this year’s march — check out her photo gallery above.