Updated: September 21, 2021 10:38 PM
Created: September 21, 2021 06:26 PM
It has been six years since family and friends last saw or heard Sheila St. Clair. St. Clair was reported missing from Duluth's Central Hillside neighborhood, to the Duluth Police Department on September 10, 2015.
Every year, people gather in remembrance and to remind the public that Sheila St. Clair is still missing. On Tuesday, a National Advocate stressed the importance of news coverage for missing Indigenous people.
"Our missing and murdered women rarely get the coverage they deserve and that is why people go missing and then never get found, or have a hard time getting found," Jessica Gidagaakoons Smith, National Advocate, Sovereign Bodies Institute said. "We can see that recently with the case of Gabby. Look how fast she was found because it was national news. Imagine if every Indigenous woman or person made the news nationally. How much of a difference that would make for our families, our women and men and boys and girls and two spirits that go missing."
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken was at today's event and stressed the importance that if anyone has information, no matter how small, they should come forward. This is an active case.
St. Clair was last seen in the area of the 100 Block of W. 3rd Street on August 20, 2015. She was not reported as missing until about 20 days later on September 10, 2015. She was 48 years old at the time of her disappearance.
She is described as a Native American woman, who at the time was 5'5" tall, 125 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about St. Clair's disappearance is asked to call the Duluth Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at 218-730-5050.
Enger Tower will be lit red for the next week to pay tribute to the missing and murdered indigenous women who have been lost, and to recognize the issue of sex trafficking in the Twin Ports.
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