Savanna GreyWind, A Vigil in Seattle

Savanna Greywind. Remember that name. Savanna, 22, went missing on the 19th August. Her body was found on Sunday in the Red River. Kayakers found her wrapped in plastic against a log, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  The pregnant mom’s death has been ruled a homicide.    Her baby survived.

The details of her death are for other pages. Here, at NDN, we join with those remembering her life. We also remember the life of Cheyenne Rose, the sister of HolyElk Lafferty and pray for her family. On Wednesday we attended a prayer vigil in Seattle.

Missing Women

The vigil was a wake-up call for many. The number of indigenous women that are missing in The United States and Canada should be considered a national crisis in both countries. 167 is the current tally, we were told.

The evening gave us all the opportunity to reflect collectively on these women and to remember those who never made it home.

Members of Savanna’s family were present. They were each paid respect individually by attendees after delivering an emotional speech.

Also in attendance were members of the Lakota Oyate, to which Savanna belonged. They sang and drummed throughout the evening.

Savanna was Dakota and therefore a member of the Oceti Sakowin (Spirit Lake Dakota and Turtle Mountain Chippewa)

We would like to thank the Duwamish for allowing this vigil on their territory.

Haisley Jo

Ashton Matheny, LaFontaine-Greywind’s boyfriend of six years and the baby’s presumed father, said they were going to name her Haisley Jo.

Mail donations should be sent to Haisley Jo Donation Fund, U.S. Bank, 505 2nd Ave. N., Fargo, ND, 58102. Online donations are not yet possible.

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