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MMIW rally, Nevaeh Kingbird search set for Feb. 14

A gathering dedicated to missing and murdered Indigenous women will take place starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, at the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues.

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A family holds signs along Paul Bunyan Drive during the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s rally in February 2021.
Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — A gathering dedicated to missing and murdered Indigenous women will take place starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, at the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues.

According to a Facebook event announcement , a program will headline the event featuring speakers and singers.

A search for 15-year-old Nevaeh Kingbird will follow at 12:30 p.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. to end the day’s events.

Kingbird was reported as missing to the Bemidji Police Department in the early morning hours of Oct. 22 after she was last seen leaving a home in Southview Terrace Park.

“(The event) is a day that is dedicated to honor those that have been taken from us and those that have not made it home,” the event page said. “We invite you to help us honor and remember loved ones.”

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Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing along with dressing warm.

Soup, coffee and hot cocoa will also be provided.

More information can be found on the MMIW 218 Facebook page .

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