Press Release: No More Stolen Sisters – Rally for MMIW Honoring Our Stolen Sisters

In November of 2020, the life of another Indigenous sister was senselessly taken. Nangonhs Massey, described by loved ones as “a shining star”, was a young mother, a daughter and beloved friend to many. In November of 2020, Nangonhs–who was just 21–was murdered by Kaden Gilbert, who is now facing 1st degree murder charges. The preliminary hearing for this federal case will be on August 6th, 2021, where her family is holding an MMIW Justice Rally. 

What is MMIW? 

MMIW, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, is an international grassroots movement which was started to bring awareness to the alarming rate at which Indigenous women and girls go missing and are murdered. In addition, the MMIW movement advocates for improved emergency service response, legal response, fair prosecution of perpetrators and prevention. On August 5th and 6th, family and supporters will be hosting two events that call for justice for MMIW and to honor the life of Nangonhs Massey. Candlelight Vigil: 

On August 5th, 2021 at 8:30pm, a candlelit vigil will be held at Island Park, Mt. Pleasant, MI. The family welcomes all nations to attend and honor the life of Nangonhs Massey and the countless other Indigenous women, girls and two-spirits who have gone missing and murdered. The vigil will consist of opening prayers, speakers, candlelight vigil, and will close with men’s hand drum song. Justice Rally for MMIW and Nangonhs Massey: 

On August 6th, 2021, at noon a MMIW Justice Rally will be held on the sidewalk of the Federal Courthouse in Detroit, MI. Supporters are encouraged to wear red and attend this peaceful rally to honor the life of Nangonhs Massey. Event will include speakers, dancers, calls for justice and singers. 

Island Park 

331 N Main St 

Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 

Federal Court House 

231 W Lafayette Blvd. 

Detroit, MI 48226 

For event information, contact: 

Azhanae Ailing- Azhanaeangel24@gmail.com; 517-614-0633 Mia Pamp- mpamp.0000@gmail.com; 616-443-8358

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