The Red Handprint by @TaylorLeeWrites

Rosalie Fish, a nineteen year old track star, made international headlines at a 2019 Washington State track meet when she painted a red handprint over her mouth—and wrote the letters MMIW on her leg. The powerful image of a red handprint has come to symbolize the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women’s movement representing the thousands of women who have been silenced. The MMIW movement underscores that Indigenous women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the national average, and that homicide is one of the leading causes of death for young Indigenous women.

Red Handprint

Rosalie Fish ran for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Image from Women’s Running (dot) com. Click image for more information.

Last fall, a young white woman hiking with her boyfriend was reported missing. The story ruled the national headlines for weeks. The coverage was relentless. The New York Post featured three front-page articles in less than a week. The New York Times published a breaking news story and sent a news alert to subscribers. The case was the main story on the Fox News website, as well as a top online story at The Washington Post, USA Today, BuzzFeed, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, and NBC News. The hashtag #gabbypetito received more than 794 million views on TikTok. Several months later, the victim’s remains were found in Wyoming. But that didn’t halt the media’s obsession. Their round-the-clock attention turned to confirming the identity of the man who had killed her.

University of Wyoming Study

In contrast to the media coverage of this tragic story, the University of Wyoming released a study finding that in Wyoming–the same state where the white woman’s body was found–710 Indigenous people were reported missing from 2011 to 2020. Fifty-seven percent of those were women, and eighty-five percent were children. To underscore the discrepancy in how missing Indigenous women are treated by the media, a study from the Urban Indian Health Initiative found that 95% of MMIW cases were not covered by national or international news media.

Want to hear a more challenging statistic? In the US, Native American women are more than twice as likely to experience violence than any other demographic. One in three Indigenous women is sexually assaulted during her life. And 67% of these assaults are perpetrated by non-Indigenous perpetrators. In US counties comprised primarily of Native American lands, murder rates of Native American women are up to 10 times higher than the national average for all races. In addition, as of 2016, there were 5,712 cases of missing Native American women reported to the National Crime Information Center.

Growing up in Minnesota

I grew up in Northern Minnesota. Our summer cabin was on an island located in the Chippewa National forest. That I had an activist clergy father and the mid-60’s AIM movement began in Minnesota ensured that from an early age, I knew the issues and travesties facing Native Americans. Over the years I became acutely aware of the MMIW issue. Wanting to ensure that my readers know the critical issue, I wove the murder of a young Native woman into Renegade, the second book in my Mayhem On The Mountain series.

As challenging as the issue is, the MMIW movement is getting a huge boost.  On March 15, 2021, Secretary Deb Haaland, a tribal member of the Laguna Pueblo, made history when she was confirmed by the US Senate to become the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. Secretary of the Interior, no less. Haaland dedicated her Boston Marathon run to a unit within Bureau of Indian Affairs that plans to tackle the decades-long crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans. Announcing the new unit, she said, “Violence against Indigenous peoples is a crisis that has been underfunded for decades. Far too often, murders and missing persons cases in Indian country go unsolved and unaddressed, leaving families and communities devastated.”

That simply has to change.

Amen.

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After you’ve had a chance to wrestle with these challenging statistics, I hope you will want to read Renegade, Book 2, in my Mayhem on the Mountain series.  It just went live!

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The vicious double murder in the city’s most infamous brothel, followed by the disappearance of a young Native woman later found raped and beaten to death, tear the already simmering county apart.

Calian Begay, the formidable county sheriff, knows that the likely perpetrators are the wealthy kingmakers and political zealots determined to turn his county into a raging inferno. And, not coincidently, take down their real target…the arrogant Native American sheriff…him.

Cal would have reveled in the battle knowing how unlikely it was the reprobates could succeed. Unfortunately he knew if they couldn’t take him down they’d go after Scarlett, the woman he admitted he was falling in love with.

Belying her image of the  blonde bombshell media darling, Scarlett confessed she was a neophyte in the amorous arena. Unlike the accomplished sheriff whose reputation as a rake of the first order was unparalleled, she felt woefully inadequate, not sure how she could ever measure up to the storied lover.

In a county ravished by violent racial and political unrest, the two superstars struggle to defeat the powerful perpetrators…while trying to decide if they can meet a more challenging task. To give into a passion more intense, more demanding than either have faced in their go-it-alone, star-studded lives.

If brazen media stars, tough-as-nails lawmen, and scorching passion light your fire, dive into Taylor Lee’s sizzling new thrill ride. Discover how challenging murder and anarchy can be when sex and passion are in the mix. Grab RENEGADE: Book 2; MAYHEM ON THE MOUNTAIN today and prepare to be wowed!  

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The Memory of a Dog

“Dogs are often known for their loyalty, intelligence and maybe even their short attention spans. But a study published in Current Biology found that a dog’s memory may be better and more complex than we previously thought.” Global News

I just read an article on Google that couldn’t be more appropriate.

Bosty is a happy dog who loves to play with friends.

He was due for a grooming appointment at the same place where his mommy has been taking him for four years.

Professional dog grooming comprises the cleaning and hygienic care of a dog, including bathing, hair removal, nail trimming and ear cleaning. Good groomers also check for signs of health problems by looking out for swelling, parasites, heat, cuts and thrush. Regular dog grooming helps a dog stay fresh, keep calm and enjoy a coat that’s free of tangles and fleas.

Bosty is always happy to go out, whether walking or riding in the car to run an errand with his mommy.

Today, when the car stopped in front of his usual pet groomer store, Bosty stared through the window and barked. His mommy opened the door for him to jump out. Instead he shook his head, backed up to the other end of the car and cowered on the floor, whimpering and refusing to move. There was no way to make him move from his corner. His mommy gave up and returned home.

It turned out that at his last grooming, the tech cut near his ear by mistake, a tiny cut that must have hurt him, although his family didn’t notice and the store didn’t report it.

Now Bosty will go to a new dog groomer.

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St. Patrick’s Day #Recipes by @PatriceWilton

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us – and I have something to share. When I was born, I was supposed to be David, and my parents had no girl name picked out for me. Since my birthday is March 14th, I became Patricia! How lame is that?

Here are a few recipes you might enjoy!

ST. PATRICK’S DAY IRISH CROCKPOT CORNED BEEF

INGREDIENTS: St. Patrick's Day

  • 1 lb of corn beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into three pieces
  • Medium potatoes, cut in half
  • Medium carrots, sliced in three pieces
  • 1 cup of beef bouillon
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 small head of cabbage, cut into wedges

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place onion celery, potatoes and carrots in bottom of the crockpot. And then lay brisket on top.
  2. Whisk together bouillon, bay leaf, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard.
  3. Pour over the brisket.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, adding cabbage wedges for the last hour of cooking.
  5. To serve, discard cooking liquid, slice meat and place onto hot serving plates, accompany with the cooked potatoes, carrots, celery, cabbage wedges. Serve your favorite mustard on the side.

No meal is complete without dessert, so here is one for you!

CHOCOLATE GUINNESS CAKE

INGREDIENTS: Guinness Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup of Guinness stout
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, sliced
  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt or 3/4 sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda

For the Icing:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • l/2 cup heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9-inch pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Pour Guinness into a large saucepan, add butter, and then heat until melted.
  3. Whisk cocoa powder and sugar into the stout and butter.
  4. In a small bowl, beat sour cream with eggs and vanilla and pour into brown, buttery, beery mixture. Whisk in the flour and baking soda.
  5. Pour cake batter into greased and lined pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until a inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack as it is a damp cake.
  7. When cake is cold, gently peel off parchment paper and transfer to a platter or cake stand.

ICING:

  1. Place cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar in a mixing bowl. Whip with an electric beater until smooth. A food processor can also be used.
  2. Add cream and beat again until the icing is a spreadable consistency.
  3. Ice top of cake, starting at the middle and fanning out, so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint of stout!

Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, and think of me who might have been David!

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