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Fort Lewis College students honor missing and murdered Indigenous relatives

 McPherson Chapel at Fort Lewis College hosts the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) Exhibition “Stories We Wear”.
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McPherson Chapel at Fort Lewis College hosts the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) Exhibition “Stories We Wear”.

The Stories We Wear” is an exhibition at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College for students to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives.

In total, the work of 31 students helped create the exhibit. Lauryn Baldwin is Inupiaq from Northwest Alaska and a senior at the college. Baldwin has recently lost relatives to this violence. She chose to use images of her loved ones that were sewn on a pocket of traditional native regalia. Baldwin said some of her peers didn’t want to contribute for fear of overshadowing other people's experiences.

 Students share their stories of MMIR at McPherson Chapel.
Sarah Flower/KSUT
Students share their stories of MMIR at McPherson Chapel.

“People are affected in one way or another, whether they realize it or not. A lot of people that didn't want to maybe contribute to this piece because they were afraid that they were taking away from others that were maybe affected more, but I mean, everybody knew somebody that went missing.”

The Center of Southwest Studies is looking for more opportunities to display this exhibition.

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Sarah Flower