Bring Nevaeh Kingbird home: One year anniversary of the disappearance of 15-year-old Native American girl
Today, October 22nd, marks the 1 year anniversary of the disappearance of Nevaeh Kingbird, a 15 year old Native American girl. Kingbird has not been in contact with either her family or friends since the date she was reported missing. She is described as a Native American female with a light complexion, approximately 5’4″ tall, and weighs 120 pounds. Kingbird was last seen wearing jeans, athletic “slide style” shoes and outerwear that is unknown. She has long dark hair with highlights, brown eyes, and a scar near her left eyebrow.
“It feels like a bad dream that I’m not able to wake up from. I feel like she left me or here a year ago. And I don’t feel like I’ve moved forward like everybody else. I just been doing everything I’m supposed to try to take care of my other children and continue to work and to look for her and to keep her memory and her story going,” says Teddi Wind, Neveah’s mother.
There is widespread anger and sadness in First Nations communities. Sisters, wives, mothers, and daughters are gone from their families without clear answers. There are families whose loved ones are gone—children growing up without mothers, mothers without daughters, and grandmothers without granddaughters. The community has lost its people. For Native Americans, this adds one more layer of trauma upon existing wounds that cannot heal. Communities are pleading for justice. Neveah’s mother is living this nightmare currently. However, hope still remains.
“I hope I find some answers. I’m preparing myself for whatever answer that is. You know, am I going to find her alive? Am I going to find her dead, will I find her ever? I can’t really explain how I’m going to feel because I take it one day at a time and some days I’m crying all day and some days I’m being strong and I’m able to communicate with other people,” continues Wind.
There are so many missing indigenous women and girls whose voices and images remain unheard and unseen. Take this moment educate yourself about the oppression and subjugation of Native women and see who they are, and how they are now rising up to help find those missing.
If you have information, please call the Bemidji Police Department with any information at 218-333-9111
For more information regarding Neveah Kingbird, visit her family’s FB page, here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100076515724587
If you are looking to find out more about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People, “Gaagige-Mikwendaagoziwag”, click here: Gaagige-Mikwendaagoziwag | Facebook