Saginaw Chippewa Victim of Crime Honored With Tree Planting Ceremony

During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, recognized April 22-28, federal attorneys will join the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to honor Iva Fuller, tribal member and murder victim, with a tree planting ceremony and luncheon on April 23.

Created by the U.S. Department of Justice, the week has been observed each April since 1981. It serves as a time to honor crime victims and the United States’s progress in advancing their rights. This year’s theme, “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim,” celebrates the vision behind the progress and the inspiration of serving all victims.

In July 2010, Iva Fuller, 25, was strangled to death by her brother, shortly following his release from jail, at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation. Her body was discovered in a field near Mount Pleasant.

“Iva Fuller has touched many lives and is truly missed by those who knew and loved her,” said Mandy Wigren, Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribal victim advocate, in a press release. “A weeping snow cherry will be planted to represent new growth and beauty in honor of her everlasting spirit. We hope every person that gazes upon it will remember not only Iva, but all crime victims. Their grace and perseverance gives us hope to keep fighting for victims’ rights every day.”

Fuller’s dedication ceremony and luncheon is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 23 at  noon at the tribe’s Public Safety Building.

Keynote speakers include Barbra L. McQuade, United States attorney for the eastern district, and Assistant United States Attorney Roy Kranz, also of the eastern district.

“The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, like many other communities, unfortunately has seen its fair share of criminal offenses in the past,” said Frank Cloutier, the tribe’s public relations director. “In an effort to reach every victim and expand the vision of the Tribal community, we are holding a tree planting ceremony and luncheon to honor one of our own.”

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