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Clark alumna is changing the plight of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

Bones were discovered on the grounds of a Yakama Nation post office. They had been there for years. Find out how a Clark alumna—a Washington legislator—is changing how the state tracks missing and murdered Native American women and girls. A remarkable story about how this Clark alumna did something that no one else has been able to do in Washington—write and pass legislation to track missing and murdered Native American women and girls.

Image behind the Clark story

For almost a decade, hundreds of red dresses have been hung on college campuses and outside state capitols, from freeway overpasses and in front yards, all over the United States and Canada. Gina Mosbrucker, a 1988 Clark alumna, can’t get the images of them out of her head. The dresses symbolize and spotlight the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. As Washington State Representative for the 14th Legislative District, Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, is doing her part to help find them with two state House bills she cosponsored and got passed in 2019.

“Prayers to Return Our Sisters” by Loretta Gould, 2019, was the inspiration behind the Clark Partners cover for the 2019 summer edition.

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Prayers to Return Our Sisters painting by Loretta Gould in 2019

“Prayers to Return Our Sisters” painting by Loretta Gould, 2019, Mi’kmaq artist and member of the Waycobah First Nation, Nova Scotia.

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