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A senseless death

The indigenous community in the USA has another victim to mourn.

Esther Wolfe ©Rebecca Hillauer

In 2019, Esther Wolfe, a member of the Lakota Oglala tribe, was kidnapped by her former partner, held captive for nine days and brutally abused. She survived. Now she has become the victim of a “public execution” in Rapid City in the US state of South Dakota. More here.

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Indigenous women power

Guest post by German Action Group on International Women’s Day

©Medicine Wheel Ride, Austin 2024

In the USA, March is known as “Women’s History Month”. On the one hand, the situation of indigenous women in Canada and the USA is particularly precarious. On the other hand, indigenous women are increasingly manifesting their participation in society as activists and politicians. More here.

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Canada: Valentine’s Day March against violence

The old case of a woman’s murderer takes on new relevance.

Poster board of 48 missing women ©Vancouver Police Department

Since 1992, indigenous people in the city of Vancouver have been organizing a memorial march on Valentine’s Day for the murdered and missing indigenous women in Canada. Among them, victims of serial killer Robert Pickton. Now the police want to dispose of evidence in unsolved cases. So there will be many marching in Vancouver today. More here.

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When Berlin was still truely left-wing

Berlin filmmaker Renate Sami has died.

Renate Sami ©private

Renate Sami

May 1935 – December 24, 2023

Renate Sami lived through ’68 as well as the leaden Germany of the 1970s. And not only witnessed it: she was involved in left-wing political circles. She was not only a filmmaker, but also an actress and screenwriter and knew her way around a camera. More here.

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Missing and murdered indigenous women in the USA

Search for clues in one of the poorest reservations in the USA.

Murder is the third most common cause of death among indigenous people in the USA. Above all, women are murdered or reported missing. There are many reasons. Alcohol and drugs almost always play a role. Men and young men are also victims. The poor Pine Ridge Reservation in the state of South Dakota is particularly affected.

MMIW, Austrian Radio (GER), November 30, 2023
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45 years after the murder of Lisa Hullinger

That time “a crime of passion”: now branded as domestic violence.

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©L.A. County Sheriff’s Department

Lisa Hullinger from Ohio was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in Germany on September 25, 1978. So 45 years ago. Her grieving parents founded the self-help organisation Parents of Murdered Children. In 2007, the U.S. Congress designated September 25 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.

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Note from the road

First anniversary of a Native American tragedy.

Nyvelle Quick Bear ©private

One year ago, on September 15, 2022, Nyvelle Quick Bear, 27 years old, was murdered by her boyfriend on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. One of many Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in the USA and Canada. The team of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Victim Services cares for relatives and survivors.