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.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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