218 MMIW plan event, search for Neveah Kingbird

A missing Bemidji girl has not been seen in more than three months, as local organizers prepare for a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women event on Feb. 14.

Fifteen-year-old Neveah Kingbird was last seen in the early morning hours of Oct. 22, leaving a trailer park in the southern part of town.

Kingbird is a 5’4” Native American girl with a light complexion and a slender build. S

he was last seen wearing jeans and athletic slide shoes. She has long dark hair with highlights, a scar near her left eyebrow, and brown eyes.

This Monday, organizers with 218 MMIW will hold an awareness event starting at 11 a.m. at Paul Bunyan Park, after a permit request was approved by the city council earlier this week.

Following a brief gathering, organizers will hold another search for Kingbird.

Federal data show Indigenous women and girls disappear, are sexually and physically abused, and suffer violent deaths at a substantially higher rate than women of other races.

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