Family members are still searching daily on the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation for Angela Morningstar Alexis, reported missing on Sept. 2. Family members last saw her Aug. 17 in the community located north of Edmonton.
Tomorrow that search will be combined with the community’s monthly rally against alcohol and drugs. That rally was begun last year by Angela’s cousin and godmother Jessica Alexis. It’s held the last Saturday of every month.
Chief and council have been invited, says Jessica.
“Community safety is an issue here. The alcohol and drugs are an issue,” Jessica said, as the reason why she began that rally in December 2021. The starting point of the rally rotates between the different entrances to the reserve.
Substance abuse has also played a role in Angela’s life, particularly after a house fire that claimed the lives of her three children, mother and stepfather in December 2019.
Community members are being asked to come out at 9 a.m. Saturday morning to the east end of the reserve on Range Road 35A. A tipi and unity fire will be set up there. Searching will begin at 10 a.m. and continue all day. After supper, a prayer and candlelight vigil will be held for Angela at 7 p.m.