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Events honoring indigenous women, missing or murdered, Thursday in La Crosse

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You may have seen red dresses on display in trees around La Crosse this week. 

Those dresses are a symbol of missing and murdered indigenous women around the country. May 5 has been declared a day of awareness about the issue in La Crosse. 

The Ho-Chunk Nation has organized a ceremony and 5K run-walk Thursday to call attention to the cause, Ho-Chunk spokesperson Casey Brown said.

“The numbers are highly under-reported,” Brown said. “This is an issue not only on tribal and reservation lands, but also rural areas and urban areas of the state of Wisconsin.”    

Registration for the run-walk begins at Riverside Park at 11 a.m.  A program will start at 11:30 a.m., with the run-walk at noon.  

A keynote address is scheduled by Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Governor Mandela Barnes.

Many Americans have claimed in recent years that when women are murdered or declared missing, the cases may get public attention when the victims are white, but not as much if they’re women of color. 

A state task force called Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is working to bring more attention to that issue.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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