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article Five years later, still no sign of missing Meskwaki woman (1/16/2020)
(Iowa) -- Rita Papakee was last seen in Tama County leaving the Meskwaki Bingo Casino five years ago, today there is still no trace of her whereabouts. Papakee was last...
article Meskwaki police still working to uncover leads in Rita Papakee's 2015 disappearance (1/16/2020)
(Iowa) -- Thursday marks five years since a woman from the Meskwaki Settlement disappeared. Rita Papakee was last seen leaving the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel on January...
article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: A Continental Crisis (1/16/2020)
(North Dakota) -- The lack of accounting for missing and murdered Indigenous people in the United States is being called a “data crisis” by the National...
article North Dakota panel sees progress but more to do for missing, murdered Native people (1/16/2020)
(North Dakota) -- A new federal task force holds promise for the tragedy of missing and murdered Native women and girls. But more work remains to improve reporting,...
article Listening Sessions To Inform Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Law (1/16/2020)
(Oregon) -- State police and government officials are visiting tribal communities on reservations and in urban areas to discuss House Bill 2625. Signed into law last...
article Tester urges update, more FBI, BIA resources on day 15 of search for missing Hardin girl (1/16/2020)
(Montana) -- More than two weeks after a 16-year-old Hardin girl disappeared, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester asked the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to commit all available...
article Tribal members speak out about missing man (1/16/2020)
(California) -- Pit River Tribal members are asking for the public's help after one of their own, Nicholas Patterson who the Shasta County Sheriff's Office (SCSO...
article California Could Create A Task Force To Solve Cases Of Missing And Murdered Native American Women (1/15/2020)
(California) -- Assembly Bill 1854 would create a task force in the California Department of Justice focused on solving cases of missing and murdered Native American...
article 'They wanted to come home': 90 Northern Cheyenne kids honor history in run from Nebraska to Busby (1/14/2020)
(Montana) -- For Paula Castro-Stops, this year’s Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run was a way for her to heal. Volunteering her time for the run allowed her to...
article A well of grief: the relatives of murdered Native women speak out (1/13/2020)
(USA) -- On a warm summer day in 2018, Lissa Yellow-bird Chase packed her vehicle with sunscreen, iPads, spiritual items and water. She drove to the bank of Lake...
article Family, volunteers put faith in FBI as search for Hardin girl hits day 13 (1/13/2020)
(Montana) -- As temperatures dipped below freezing Monday, family and volunteers packed up their temporary search command at the rest stop where Selena Not Afraid was...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis (1/12/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- According to U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) a key Senate panel has approved two measures that will improve the federal government’s...
article Search for Standing Rock woman turns up evidence on edge of reservation (1/8/2020)
(North Dakota) -- A Monday search of the Porcupine area for Kara Lynn Mauai turned up new evidence that might help track down the missing Standing Rock woman two months...
article Autopsy doesn’t indicate foul play in death of Yakama woman found at bottom of cliff (1/8/2020)
(Washington) -- A body found over the weekend has been identified as Rachel Norris, of Wapato, a Yakama Nation woman who has been missing since Nov. 14, the Klickitat...
article Evidence of missing Standing Rock woman discovered in Porcupine (1/7/2020)
(North Dakota) -- A Monday search of the Porcupine area for Kara Lynn Mauai turned up new evidence that might help track down the missing Standing Rock mother. "...
article Search underway for mother of 3 last seen on Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (1/7/2020)
(North Dakota) -- Dozens of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have rallied together to help find a missing 30-year-old Native American mother of three. More than 30...
article Missing Wapato woman found deceased in Klickitat County (1/7/2020)
(Washington) -- A Yakama woman missing since her apartment in Wapato burned early Nov. 14 is believed to have been found dead in Klickitat County, authorities said...
article Duluth area leaders ready to fight crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women (1/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Jessica Smith’s story is woven into the fabric of centuries of trauma faced by Indigenous women. She stood before a theater of people Monday and...
article Duluth Raising Awareness on Human Trafficking Impacting Indigenous Families (1/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month. A community gathering in Duluth honored victims and survivors Monday afternoon at the Robert Powless...
article Bill aims to enhance Wyoming missing persons investigations, include tribal government (1/6/2020)
(Wyoming) -- A bill will come before the Wyoming Legislature that would overhaul how the state conducts missing persons investigations. The proposal would require the...
article Volunteers collaborate with law enforcement in search for missing Standing Rock woman (1/6/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Horseback riders joined other volunteers and law enforcement Monday to help continue the search for a missing woman on the Standing Rock Reservation....
article MMIWG inquiry report being translated into more Indigenous languages (1/6/2020)
(Quebec) -- Ahonwanatónte. It's a word in Kanien'kéha — the Mohawk language — to describe the act of genocide. "It means to get rid of them,...
article Family asking for help in search for missing Hardin girl (1/5/2020)
(Montana) -- The family of a missing Hardin girl is asking for information to help in the search. Selena Not Afraid, 16, has been missing since New Year's Day. Not...
article Progress on missing, killed Alaska Natives: But will the steps by president, Congress be enough to end this crisis? (1/5/2020)
(Alaska) -- Three important developments have occurred at the highest levels of our government in recent months on the tragic subject of missing and murdered American...
article Volunteers and law enforcement search for missing woman (1/4/2020)
(North Dakota) -- More than 30 volunteers joined law enforcement Saturday in a search for a missing woman on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Thirty-year-old Kara...
article Volunteers and law enforcement search for missing woman (1/4/2020)
(North Dakota) -- More than 30 volunteers joined law enforcement Saturday in a search for a missing woman on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Thirty-year-old Kara...
article Selena (Selina) Not Afraid: Search for Missing Montana Teen (1/3/2020)
(Montana) -- Selena Not Afraid is a missing Native American teenager who was last seen on New Year’s Day at a rest stop in Montana, authorities say. There is a...
article Search continues for teen girl who went missing near rest stop between Hardin, Billings (1/2/2020)
(Montana) -- Searchers continued looking for a missing 16-year-old girl Thursday morning near a rest area on I-90 where she was last seen. Selina Shelley Faye Not Afraid...
article Anchorage woman whose remains were found earlier this year was slain, troopers say (1/1/2020)
(Alaska) -- An Anchorage woman whose remains were found off the Seward Highway in May, months after she was reported missing, was killed, troopers said Monday. In a...
article Selina Shelley Faye Not Afraid reported missing from I-90 rest area (1/1/2020)
(Montana) -- A Missing Endangered Person Advisory has been issued for Selina Shelley Faye Not Afraid, after the 16-year-old was last seen at a I-90 rest area between...
article Looking back: Missing and murdered Indigenous people conversation grew in Wyoming (12/29/2019)
(Wyoming) -- A spotlight on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people came to Wyoming this year, with state lawmakers, officials and advocates recognizing the...
article Scope of missing, murdered indigenous women a mystery (12/26/2019)
(Idaho) -- A cascading tower of 75 red dresses suspends from the ceiling of a gallery in the Boise State Student Union Building. The exhibit, featuring dresses students...
article Montana Extends Deadline for Missing Persons Database (12/23/2019)
(Montana) -- Montana’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force has extended the deadline for tribal colleges to apply for a grant to start and administer a database...
article Reservation high school students' film on missing and murdered Indigenous people wins award (12/22/2019)
(Wyoming) -- What started out as a summer opportunity for students to learn about filmmaking has turned into awards, increased awareness and future projects. A handful...
article Scope of missing, murdered indigenous women in Idaho unknown (12/21/2019)
(Idaho) -- A cascading tower of 75 red dresses suspends from the ceiling of a gallery in the Boise State Student Union Building. The exhibit, featuring dresses students...
article Senate bill allocates millions to address missing and murdered indigenous women epidemic (12/20/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump is expected to sign soon a funding bill that includes new investments to address the crisis of missing, trafficked, and murdered...
article Feds launch operation to protect Native American women (12/14/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- It's been a little more than two weeks since President Donald Trump signed the executive order kicking "Operation Lady Justice" into...
article HOPKINS: Trump’s Attempts to Address Violence Against Native Women Aren’t Enough to End an Epidemic (12/14/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- In North America, there is an epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIW). In the United States alone, Native women face the...
article OPINION: Supporting state and federal efforts to address MMIW (12/14/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- For too many Native women, violence is an ever-present threat. Murder is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women,...
article San Manuel tribal youth want to spread awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women (12/14/2019)
(California) -- Women and girls in red dresses with ribbons will take center stage this weekend at the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians pow wow. Behind each ribbon,...
article Newhouse, BIA leader to discuss missing, murdered Native women at summit in Toppenish (12/14/2019)
(Washington) -- U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse and the head of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs will conduct a summit on missing and murdered indigenous women Monday. Newhouse...
article BIA needs help locating missing woman (12/11/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Kara Lynn Mauai, 30, has been reported missing. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is asking for the public’s help locating her. Mauai has been missing...
article Chief Chat: Supporting state and federal efforts to address MMIW (12/7/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- MMIW stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. For too many Native women, violence is an ever-present threat. Murder is the third leading cause of...
article Trump Administration Creates MMIP Task Force (12/6/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump formed a task force to address missing and murdered indigenous people last month. At the signing of his executive order to...
article Community members voice concerns at Missing Indigenous Person Task Force meeting (12/5/2019)
(Montana) -- Little Shell tribal members and other citizens voiced their concerns to the Missing Indigenous Person Task Force (MIPTF) at a meeting in Great Falls...
45 Total Articles on this Issue

Barona

article Barona family pleads for answers in their son’s disappearance (1/15/2020)
(California) -- The family of a medically-disabled man, missing since 2015, is pleading for anyone with information about his whereabouts to step forward. Family members...
1 Article on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article 2 men missing on Pine Ridge Reservation feared dead (1/8/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Officials say they fear the two men missing on the Pine Ridge Reservation may have died of exposure. Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Emergency...
1 Article on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article Body of man who went missing near Elmer City on Christmas Eve identified (12/31/2019)
(Washington) -- Authorities have identified the body of 41-year-old Leonard "Junior" Simpson after he was last seen on Christmas Eve. According to Colville...
1 Article on this Issue

Blackfeet Nation

article Blackfeet Law Enforcement seek missing girl (12/29/2019)
(Montana) -- Blackfeet Law Enforcement is asking the public's help in finding a missing 13-year-old girl who was last seen on Monday. Arrin Vielle was last seen on...
1 Article on this Issue

Tulalip Tribe

article Skull in Tulalip woods identified as man missing since 2013 (12/7/2019)
(Washington) -- At the time Tyler Sullivan went missing, his girlfriend was going on eight months pregnant. The baby came 1½ weeks early. Sullivan never came home...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article New DNA evidence links Kenosha County John Doe case to small American Indian tribe (1/16/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Just as Racine County recently used DNA to finally identify its “Jane Doe” as Peggy Lynn Johnson-Schroeder after 20 years of mystery, the...
article BLM assisting in search for missing Hardin teen (1/15/2020)
(Montana) -- The Montana/Dakotas office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has sent personnel to south-central Montana to help in the search for missing 16-year-old...
article Sacramento 18-Year-Old Missing Since Late December Was Traveling Through LA By Bus (1/8/2020)
(California) -- A family is desperately trying to find a 18-year-old Malachai Whiteman who disappeared in Los Angeles during a bus trip from Sacramento.
article Sacramento 18-Year-Old Missing Since Late December Was Traveling Through LA By Bus (1/7/2020)
(California) -- A family is desperately trying to find a 18-year-old Malachai Whiteman who disappeared in Los Angeles during a bus trip from Sacramento. “I need my...
article Tribal officials fear missing men may have perished (1/6/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The search for two men last seen on the night of Dec. 27 on the Pine Ridge Reservation has likely become a recovery effort. Robert "RJ" Kills...
article New Mexico Police Seek Help Finding Missing Teen (12/12/2019)
(Arizona) -- The New Mexico State Police have issued a Missing Endangered Juvenile Advisory for the Magdalena Marshal’s Office. Eddirenna Secatero, 16, is a Navajo...
article Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe: Body Of Missing Man Found (11/19/2019)
(Nevada) -- The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe says the body of a missing man has been found on Tuesday. Officials said 62-year-old Tod Cline went missing from the Sparks or...
article Police are concerned about an abducted child's safety (11/7/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement posted an alert about a non-custodial parent abduction. Police are concerned about the safety of 5-year-old...
article Search for 94-year-old grandfather continues (9/17/2019)
(Arizona) -- A second day of searching for Dennis Hardy Sr., 94, has yielded nothing after he went missing on Sunday from his home in Fort Defiance.
article Authorities find missing baby in Northern California; Napa woman arrested (9/9/2019)
(California) -- On Thursday, at about 5:25 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a possible stolen vehicle and child abduction at the Coyote Valley Casino in Redwood Valley...
article 'It's looking positive': Ahousaht First Nation still searching for missing man (8/29/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Even though he's been missing for more than a year, a First Nations community near Tofino, British Columbia, refuses to give up hope that...
article Tribal Police searching for missing girl (8/7/2019)
(Mississippi) -- Authorities are looking for a Choctaw teen-ager reported missing earlier last month. Choctaw Tribal Police in conjunction with other local agencies are...
article FBI asking for public’s help in searching for missing Arizona woman (7/19/2019)
(Arizona) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help searching for an Arizona woman who was last seen on the Navajo Nation nearly a...
article Law enforcement looking for missing woman (7/17/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Law enforcement is looking for a missing Rapid City woman who may be with an abusive man, according to a South Dakota Missing Endangered Advisory.
article Tribal officials requests help locating missing girl in Browning area (7/15/2019)
(Montana) -- Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services has issued an Attempt to Locate/Missing Person Advisory for a female last seen in the Browning area last week. According...
article Robot may have spotted missing Mendocino County fisherman (7/11/2019)
(California) -- There may be a break in the month-long search for a missing fisherman in Mendocino County. Vincent Soto, 40, drowned with his father in a boating...
article At-Risk Missing Woman, 79, Found Unharmed (7/11/2019)
(California) -- A 79-year-old woman with medical and cognitive challenges who went missing early Thursday morning after leaving an Alpine gaming center was found...
article River water levels drop to aid search for missing fisherman in Lake Mendocino (7/9/2019)
(Minnesota) -- In an unusual partnership with law enforcement, Sonoma Water officials are reducing the amount of water released from Lake Mendocino into the Russian...
article Loved ones wait for missing boater to surface at Lake Mendocino (7/8/2019)
(California) -- Tuesday, June 11 started out as any other day. Carlos Soto and his adult son Vincent planned a fishing trip to Lake Mendocino as they had done many times...
article Teton County searching for Native American man (7/4/2019)
(Wyoming) -- The Teton County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding for 21-year-old Averin Scott. He is a Native American, who was last seen...

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