Red

by Raye Zaragoza

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I was attending an event in Winnipeg, Manitoba when someone told me “Don’t go walking alone at night, they’ve been finding native women in the Red River.” This comment made a shiver go through my spine. I knew that the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women was rampant throughout North America, but that night I dug deeper into the stories of women who went missing on Highway 16, and discovered how impossible it is to find information of how many women have gone missing.

Last Monday September 22nd, Savanna’s Act was passed in the House. This bill requires law enforcement to create protocols and guidelines for response to missing or murdered indigenous people. I hope this bill is the beginning of more legislation being passed to protect indigenous women. So many women and girls like Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind have left us far too soon.

If you'd like to learn more about what you can do to support MMIW - visit & donate to Sovereign-Bodies.org. They have started a database for MMIW.

This song and my whole record is dedicated to the women and girls who have gone missing or left us far too soon.

100% of all Bandcamp downloads today (9/30) will be donated to Sovereign Bodies Institute.

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released September 30, 2020
Written by Raye Zaragoza and John Lardieri
Produced/Engineered/Mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora Recording and Playback
Mastered by Heba Kadry
Featuring Justin Chase on Piano
Musicians: Andrew Borger, Eli Moore, Dylan Day
Engineer/Musician: Justin Chase
Assistant: Cole Halvorsen
Artwork by Mika Sen

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Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer-songwriter who NPR Music called “one of the most fresh and compelling voices in folk music today."

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