Miami, Ok. – Director of the Osage Nation (ON) Family Violence Prevention Department, Olivia Gray, visited the Riverview Park on November 10, 2019. She was invited to be the guest speaker at the Missing Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP)-Stop the Stigma rally.
The presentation was hosted by the Northeast Oklahoma American Indian Movement. Gray discussed the intersection between human sex trafficking and the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). The rally focused on several families including Wesley Still Smoking, an elder and citizen of the Blackfeet Nation who has been missing for over a year to date. He was last spotted on a trail-cam October 12, 2018. Christopher Teel, also missing, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, who was last seen getting into a car outside of his aunt’s residence three years ago. Ritchie Vaughn Ellis is a citizen of the Wyandotte Nation and has been missing since 2018. His vehicle was recovered in Berry County, Missouri, but there has been no evidence as to where Ritchie may be. Lastly, Aubrey Dameron, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation has been missing since March 9, 2019. Searches for Aubrey are ongoing with assistance from a number of agencies and individuals including Olivia Gray of the ON Family Violence Prevention Department.
For more information about the Osage Nation, please visit: https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/
For more information about the MMIW, please visit: https://www.csvanw.org/mmiw/