Faith Hedgepeth case sparks a broader discussion of violence against Indigenous women

By Jayda Williams

Members of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of N.C. Coalition join other community members at a 2020 event in Carrboro to remember Indigenous victims of violence. (Dakota Moyer /

Last week, police arrested a suspect in the killing of UNC student and Haliwa-Saponi woman Faith Hedgepeth. The arrest was nine years in the making. And it’s bringing up broader discussions of the violence that indigenous women face in America.

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement — known as MMIW — addresses how indigenous women and girls are disproportionately affected by violence. Crystal Cavalier-Keck is the founder of MMIW of North Carolina Coalition. She joins us today to talk about the movement.


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