LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A new mural in southern New Mexico seeks to honor missing and slain Native Americans amid a nationwide push to bring more attention to the issue.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports artist Sebastian “Vela” Velazquez recently erected the mural in Las Cruces in conjunction with the city’s eighth annual “Illegal” graffiti art show.
The work is part of a large-scale mural wrapping around the entirety of the Cruces Creatives building. In the mural, a Native American woman stands in front with her fist raised. She’s screaming and the words below say: “NO MORE STOLEN SISTERS!”
“The news gets turned off and Facebook gets put down and turned off, and those issues kind of disappear, and everything that comes with it,” Velazquez said. “Having that piece up there, and why we sponsored it, is because you can’t really turn off a mural. It’s there every day and every night.”
Last month, federal lawmakers re-introduced legislation that calls for the Justice Department to review how law enforcement agencies respond to cases of missing and killed Native Americans.