RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Women's March is more than just a walk, Carol Williams, who belongs to the Toi Ticutta tribe in Fallon said, it's a platform that gives hundreds in Northern Nevada a chance to stand for justice and equality.
“Us women gathering, we are very powerful, today, we are very powerful and our prayers are going to be answered," Williams said.
The march highlights many issues. Williams said there is a specific issue she wants to put an end to.
"Daily young women are getting kidnapped, young women are being grabbed right off the street and nobody is saying anything. We are educating our young Native American children to speak up, say something," Williams explained,
Williams adds that many Indigenous women in Northern Nevada are still nowhere to be found, claiming hundreds are even being killed. One of those women was her mother, Julia Mae Pots from the Tamoke Tribe in Battle Mountain, who was murdered in the Winnemucca Indian Colony by an intoxicated man. Williams said she marches along with her daughter Maria to bring awareness to the problem.
"I get a sense of pride, I also have that sadness because they are not here, but I do feel proud, very encouraged, it makes me feel strong as a woman, a native woman that I do have a voice and I will not go silent anymore, my voice is not only my voice, but I speak for all indigenous women," said Maria Williams.
Carol said this march allows her people to be heard, fight for their rights, and to put an end to the loss of their loved ones. Following her mother's footsteps, Maria claimed the justice system has a long way to go.
"For us, the native people being on tribal land, if you are non-native you won’t be prosecuted for the crimes that you commit due to the jurisdictional issues that we do face," explained Williams.
These women believe the march is a chance to be heard, a moment to remember, and an opportunity to save the lives of those in the future.
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