Parshall girls basketball displays red hand MMIW symbol

Photo courtesy: Dusty Olson

TRENTON, N.D. – Tuesday night’s Class B varsity basketball matchup between the Parshall Lady Braves and Trenton Lady Tigers became about much more than a game.

Shortly before the game, members of Parshall’s team displayed a red hand on their face, which has become a symbol of awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, or MMIW’s.

The team posed for a photograph in the locker room, with every member wearing the hand symbol.

Coach Dusty Olson said it was the team’s decision to make the statement.

The athletes were not able to wear the display during the game, but the image nonetheless went viral on social media.

The issue has come to light in recent weeks in two local cases. Earlier this week, the body of 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid, was found near Billings. Not Afraid lived on the Crow Reservation and had not been seen since New Year’s Day.

Meanwhile, a search for 30-year-old Kara Mauai, who disappeared from the Standing Rock Reservation in November, led investigators to Texas, where she was found alive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Your News Leader is told members of Trenton’s team showed support for the gesture as well.