There's a new way to make a statement on Minnesota roads. A special license plate has just been released, designed to spark conversations and bring visibility to a serious issue.

Minnesota has released a new special license plate that honors Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR), the new plate design was released yesterday, which was the Day of Remembrance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives throughout the state.

The Meaning Behind the Plate

The license plate features powerful symbolism. A red handprint represents the historic silencing of violence against Indigenous people, alongside a commitment to actively listen to their voices in the future. The design also incorporates a ribbon skirt with the sacred colors of the four directions: red, white, yellow, and black.

Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Real-World Impact of the Plate

The Minnesota Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office (MMIR Office) hopes the plate will serve as a powerful reminder of the MMIR crisis. Proceeds from the license plate include a mandatory contribution to a special fund supporting tips and reward offerings that have the potential to bring resolution to open MMIR cases.

MMIR Office Director Juliet Rudie says, "Every year, families march while carrying signs with their loved one’s name and picture, now they can also buy an MMIR plate to spread awareness every day, with each mile they travel."

How to Support this Initiative

If you're a Minnesota resident, you can support this effort by getting the MMIR license plate. They are available through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website or in-person at DMV locations. Several Minnesota tribal nations have also introduced similar MMIR license plates of their own, including the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The new plate will cost $15.50 and requires a minimum $25 annual contribution to the Gaagige-Mikwendaagoziwag Reward Account.

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