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July 8, 2022

Niece of Vanished Navajo Woman Embarks on 2,100 Mile Walk to Draw Attention to MMIW Crisis

Seraphine Warren walking to Washington. Photo by Michael Benanav| Searchlight New Mexico

‘I could go missing tomorrow’

A Navajo woman is walking from Arizona to Washington, D.C., as a call to action for her aunt and thousands of other missing or murdered Indigenous people.

Michael Benanav|
Searchlight New Mexico
July 7, 2022

In the wee hours of June 15, 2021, Ella Mae Begay vanished from her home on the Navajo Nation, near Sweetwater, Arizona. She was 62 years old. Within days of Begay’s disappearance, a person of interest was named in the case and local search parties were scouring the roadsides and arroyos near Sweetwater. But more than a year into an investigation by Navajo law enforcement and the FBI, no arrests have been made. Begay still has not been found.

Concerned that she would become yet another overlooked statistic amid a nationwide crisis of violence endured by Indigenous families, one of her nieces took to the streets. Literally. Last year, Seraphine Warren walked 120 miles from Sweetwater to Window Rock to try to get some answers, and some help, from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and the tribal council.

Read the article at Searchlight New Mexico:

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