Charlene Apok spoke during a vigil at Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage on Wednesday evening for Kristen Huntington, a 30-year-old woman whose body was found in Fairbanks by police Sunday.
Fairbanks police said they are investigating Huntington’s death as a homicide.
Vigils to honor the life of Huntington were held simultaneously in Fairbanks and Selawik, where Huntington was from originally. Organizers said the vigil was held to raise awareness of the violence Native women face, a movement largely known as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
“Our ancestors didn’t come this far to quit,” Apok said. “We are stronger together.”