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July 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Magic City Books is proud to welcome Mona Gable for an in-person program to celebrate her new book, Searching for Savanna: The Murder of One Native American Woman and the Violence Against the Many on Thursday July 13 at 7:00 pm. This free event will be hosted in the Algonquin Room at Magic City Books, 221 E Archer Street.
Searching for Savanna is the gripping and illuminating investigation into the disappearance of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind when she was eight months pregnant, highlighting the shocking epidemic of violence against Native American women in America and the societal ramifications of government inaction.
Joining Mona in conversation at the event will be Shelley Miller, member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and Executive Director of Native Alliance Against Violence, https://oknaav.org/.
Searching for Savanna is available now at Magic City Books. You can also purchase a copy online at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/searching-for-savanna/1353.
About Searching for Savanna
In the summer of 2017, twenty-two-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind vanished. A week after she disappeared, police arrested the white couple who lived upstairs from Savanna and emerged from their apartment carrying an infant girl. The baby was Savanna’s, but Savanna’s body would not be found for days.
The horrifying crime sent shock waves far beyond Fargo, North Dakota, where it occurred, and helped expose the sexual and physical violence Native American women and girls have endured since the country’s colonization.
With pathos and compassion, Searching for Savanna confronts this history of dehumanization toward Indigenous women and the government’s complicity in the crisis. Featuring in-depth interviews, personal accounts, and trial analysis, Searching for Savanna investigates these injustices and the decades-long struggle by Native American advocates for meaningful change.
Mona Gable is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, AFAR, the Los Angeles Times, and many others. Her article in Los Angeles magazine , “The Hugo Problem,” was named a Longreads Best of 2015. Find out more at Mona-Gable.com.
Shelley Miller is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and serves as the Executive Director of the Native Alliance Against Violence. Shelley started her career as a victims advocate over 20 years ago with the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. Shelley served as both an advocate and eventually the program director providing direct services in a seven county area. This experience left her advocating for the development of a civil legal assistance project that was eventually funded by the Office of Justice, Violence Against Women office. Shelley was involved in the creation and development of the Native Alliance Against Violence in 2009 and started serving as the organizations Advocate Specialist in 2016. She led progress on the Native Alliance Against Violence’s Coordinated Indigenous Resource Center for Legal Empowerment (CIRCLE) Project.
The Native Alliance Against Violence (NAAV), is Oklahoma’s tribal domestic violence/sexual assault coalition and tribal technical assistance provider. The NAAV, a nonprofit organization, serves Oklahoma’s federally recognized tribes and the tribal programs that provide individuals and their children with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives.