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Wed Jul 29, 2020, 04:32 PM

Ivanka Trump Wanted her Red Pantsuit to Mean Something. It Didn't. [View all]

While opening a task force to solve cold cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Ivanka Trump wore red in support of protecting Native rights. It rang hollow to critics.

Alaina Demopoulos

Updated Jul. 29, 2020


This week, Trump suited up once more in her Sandro pantsuit for a trip to Bloomington, Minnesota, where she marked the opening of the first Indian Affairs task force office meant to solve cold cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (It is an extension of Attorney General William Barr’s Operation Lady Justice initiative.)

Around fifty people came to protest the event, which occurred the same month as her father’s garish Fourth of July fireworks display, which he insisted occur on stolen Native land. Twenty activists were arrested for demonstrating against the event on Mt. Rushmore, where Trump decried protestors as “angry mobs.”

Ivanka, of course, did not stand in solidarity with those calling for Indigenous rights on that day. Instead, she was vacationing with Jared Kushner and their three children, riding horses and trying her hand at fishing somewhere “out west.”

As NBC News reported, Ivanka’s visit came off to some as a “cheap media stunt,” considering her father’s track record. Many longtime organizers who have worked to draw attention to the underreporting of violence against Indigenous women had no idea the bureau would be opening until the very last minute.


Just another insult to us Native women everywhere.

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