Albuquerque for Indigenous Justice

Join us as we celebrate Indigenous People's Day through Native American performances, art, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Relatives awareness events.


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Oct 11, 2021
02:30 PM - 07:00 PM


Civic Plaza
1 Civic Plaza NW
Albuquerque, NM New Mexico 87102


In collaboration with community advocates and Naalkid Productions, the City of Albuquerque is hosting the 2021 Albuquerque for Indigenous Justice event at Civic Plaza. The event is to honor and celebrate sovereign Tribal Nations and Native American peoples, and to educate the public about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Relatives (MMIWR) crisis through art, film, music, a moment of silence, and supporting grassroots organizations.


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Chalk Art Mural


2:30 PM – 2:45 PM      Invocation

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM     Performance

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM     Guest Speakers

Welcoming Remarks
Dawn Begay – Native American Affairs Coordinator, City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion

Importance of NM House Bill 100 : Replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
Derrick J. Lente - Representative, NM Legislature
Andrea Romero - Representative, NM Legislature

City Indigenous Peoples’ Day Proclamation and Acknowledgements
Rebecca Riley - Chair, City of Albuquerque Commission on AI/AN Affairs
Kyle Tapaha - At-Large Member, City of Albuquerque Commission on AI/AN Affairs

3:30 PM – 3:40 PM      Albuquerque for Indigenous Justice

Michelle Lujan Grisham – Governor, State of New Mexico
Tim Keller – Mayor, City of Albuquerque

Mayoral Signing of City Resolution 21-205: Albuquerque Indian School Cemetery

Significance of NM Senate Memorial 38 : MMIW&G
Shannon Pinto – Senator, New Mexico State Legislature
Genevieve Jackson - Commissioner, McKinley County

NM Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives (MMIW&R) Task Force
Lynn Trujillo – Cabinet Secretary, State of New Mexico Indian Affairs Department

Law Enforcement Commitment
Josh Brown – Deputy Chief, Albuquerque Police Department

Closing Remarks
Regis Pecos - Co-Director, Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM      Warriors’ Justice March for MMIW&R around Civic Plaza

5:00 PM – 5:10 PM      Moment of Silence and Red Lighting of City Hall to honor MMIW&R     

MMIW&R Proclamation
Patricia Michaels-Fashion & Textile Designer, PM Waterlily

MMIW&R Recognition
Amber Crotty - Council Delegate, Navajo Nation Council

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM      Film Screenings and Live Performance

Music Video Screening
“Waiting for You” (2 min.) a music video directed by Cameron L. Martine

Live Performance
“Waiting for you” live performance by the Red Willow Harmony Group of Taos Pueblo

5:20 PM - 6:30 PM      Introduction and Film Screening

Introduce “Somebody’s Daughter”
Rain - Director

Film Screening
“Somebody’s Daughter” (60 min.) directed by Rain

According to the New Mexico Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Relatives Task Force, "Albuquerque and Gallup are in the top ten in the United States for MMIW cases. Between 2014 and 2019, Albuquerque reported 660 cases of missing Native Americans and 287 of those cases were women."

About the Films

U.S. President Joe Biden holding a poster stating "Somebody's Daughter" with statistics about missing and murdered Indigenous women.

SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER (1492 -) (re-edited) (60 min.) Worldwide Premiere
& SAY HER NAME (30 min.)

Filmmaker: Rain (Strange Owl family-Birney & Lame Deer, MT) ~Followed by Q&A with director Rain.

According to Sara, National Coordinator for Somebody’s Daughter, Rain is an acclaimed tribal filmmaker (Say Her Name/Family), the first cut of Somebody’s Daughter was trending on the internet before the COVID-19 pandemic shut theatre screenings down in 2020. Reviewed as “both hauntingly beautiful and emotionally devastating” Somebody’s Daughter is described as “one of the most important documentaries made on not only MMIW, but also on Indian Country in the twenty-first century.” The late civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis, was the first national figure to recognize the importance of Somebody Daughter. The film has received support from some Indigenous communities most prominent luminaries, including Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Oscar-winner Wes Studi, and activist/author Winona LaDuke. Featured in Oprah Magazine, the latest version of Somebody’s Daughter was inspired by the former director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and features U.S. President Joe Biden. The film is believed to be the only documentary in recent history that features a contribution from a sitting U.S. President.

Five women in traditional native clothing standing in a line in front of an adobe building.

Filmmaker: Cameron L. Martinez (Taos/Laguna Pueblo) WAITING FOR YOU (2 min.)
~Preceded by a live performance of Waiting for You written by the Red Willow Harmony Group of Taos Pueblo.Martinez, of Shoot’n Stars/Warrior Play Land, is a filmmaker from Taos and Laguna Pueblo. He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts and with a Bachelor of Fine Art in New Media Art Moving Image. Along with his love of filmmaking, Martinez is also a skilled jeweler and traditionalist, deeply rooted within his Taos Pueblo ways. He has worked in the NM Film Industry as a Prop Master and is a member of the I.A.T.S.E. Local 480 Film Union. Martinez has worked on various feature films and TV series in New Mexico, California, and New York. As an independent filmmaker, he has directed a documentary to help preserve his native Tiwa language and directed this music video called, “Waiting for You” to bring awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls epidemic affecting Native communities nationwide. The video featuring the “Red Willow Harmony Group” of Taos was produced by Patricia Michaels of PM Waterlily and created for her fashion show at the 2019 Santa Fe Indian Market. Martinez believes in taking the ‘Native image’ forward and create film projects that would make his ancestors proud.


Albuquerque for Indigenous Justice

ABQ for Indigenous Justice


Charmaine Jackson
or contact the City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion at [email protected]