“Funding for tribes and advocates under the Violence Against Women Act and Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) focuses on five crimes that involve intimate relationship dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and sexual trafficking.When the crime is one such as Emily Blue Bird’s (who went missing on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 2016 and later found murdered) or Savanna Greywind’s where the assailants are neighbors, most OVW programs can’t respond.Native and indigenous communities throughout the United States and Canada continue holding vigils for La Fontaine-Greywind.
In the days before her body was found, La Fontaine-Greywind’s disappearance galvanized Native people in Fargo and surrounding communities as hundreds joined the search for the missing woman.
The Spirit Lake Nation and Turtle Mountain Chippewa reservations sent buses filled with volunteers to Fargo to help.
Red Road is a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe.
For many Native people, the young woman’s disappearance served as a rallying cry.
The circumstances surrounding La Fontaine-Greywind’s murder were especially horrific and garnered national attention.
Although police have not publicly confirmed that La Fontaine-Greywind was a victim of fetal abduction, it is likely that the baby found in the home of the woman charged in her death is the baby girl La Fontaine-Greywind was carrying when she disappeared.
She and others who spoke with , however, have hope that something good will emerge from this terrible tragedy.
“I think that Savanna’s disappearance and death has brought a real sense of urgency to the issue of missing and murdered Native women.
These crimes are often involved in the disappearance or murder of native women—just not exclusively,” Carmen O’Leary, director of NWSGP, noted in a statement to Takes War Bonnet noted, for instance, that the work NWSGP does to promote community awareness and foster coalitions that can help connect people with resources if their loved ones go missing is not supported by any of the organization’s federal grant monies.