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article Action on missing, murdered women legislation caps years of advocacy (9/26/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American advocates and victim’s families have worked for years to draw attention to Indian Country’s epidemic of missing and...
article Utah’s new Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls task force is finally coming together (9/23/2020)
(Utah) -- When Meskee Yanabah Yatsayte started Navajo Nation Missing Persons Updates seven years ago, she’d never heard of the acronym MMIWG, which stands for...
article Slight dip in Montana missing persons reports in September (9/23/2020)
(Montana) -- Montana has seen a slight decrease in the number of missing persons reports, as the U.S. House passed several pieces of legislation addressing the high rate...
article Congress Finally Passes Bill To Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women (9/21/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- After years of unnecessary delays, the House passed legislation on Monday to help law enforcement respond to a horrifying and largely invisible...
article Justice Department Awards Nearly $101 Million to Combat Human Trafficking (9/21/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice today announced it has awarded nearly $101 million, through the department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in...
press release Another community search, but still no word about what happened to Nome woman missing for 2 weeks (9/13/2020)
(Alaska) -- Law enforcement including members of the FBI and dozens of volunteers spent hours looking for Florence Okpealuk Saturday. She was last seen in late August.
article Sheriff: Cross-deputization of tribal police should help repair trust (9/13/2020)
(California) -- In the late 1980s, a then-Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputy named Kevin Christie stood trial two times on charges related to molesting a 13-...
article For years, Bristol Bay has raised awareness of MMIW. Alaska's new cold case office aims to help (9/11/2020)
(Alaska) -- Tribal Judge Ingrid Cumberlidge is the state's first Missing and Murdered Indeginous Persons coordinator. Cumberlidge is Aleut and Tlingit. She’s...
article Not Invisible: Advocates for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Asked for Justice Outside Humboldt County Courthouse Yesterday Evening (9/10/2020)
(California) -- Last night, in front of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, a large crowd of demonstrators gathered to bring awareness to the disproportionate...
article For years, Bristol Bay has raised awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Alaska’s new cold case office aims to help (9/9/2020)
(Alaska) -- Tribal Judge Ingrid Cumberlidge is the state’s first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator. Cumberlidge is Aleut and Tlingit. She’s...
article Task Force for MMIW created (9/3/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In November 2019, The Trump Administration launched the Executive Order on Establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska...
article Search underway for missing woman believed to be in Rapid City area or on Pine Ridge Reservation (9/1/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety is asking for help to find a missing woman.
article Search continues for Sonya Cywink’s killer for over a quarter of a century (8/30/2020)
(Ontario) -- Twenty-six years after Sonya Cywink's body was found near Iona, Ont. her sister believes they are inching closer to finding her killer. "The unique...
article Cold case units to focus on missing, murdered Indigenous women in U.S. (8/29/2020)
(Alaska) -- Ida Rose Jacomet, 37, was last seen Oct. 2, 1975, at the Circle M Bar on an old highway near Fairbanks, Alaska. The only clue left behind was that her purse...
article Data issues are hiding true number of missing, murdered Indigenous women (8/29/2020)
(California) -- The true number of murdered and missing Indigenous women is far from known. A recent report produced by the Yurok Tribe and the Sovereign Bodies...
article Oshkosh Police Looking For Missing Woman (8/27/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Oshkosh Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. 33-year old Jaclyn Smith was last seen a week ago, about 6:00 p.m. at...
article Cold Case Office in Alaska will investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people (8/27/2020)
(Alaska) -- Anchorage is now home to one of seven cold case offices opening across the country that will be dedicated to investigating hundreds of cases of missing and...
article Never Forget: Blackfeet teen shares her MMIW message in rodeo arena (8/26/2020)
(Montana) -- Her ride on the bucking horse was short. But the message she carried drew a big applause from the crowd at the Brash Blue Moon rodeo last week. But then...
article Cold Case Units Focus on Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women (8/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- Ida Rose Jacomet, 37, was last seen Oct. 2, 1975, at the Circle M Bar on an old highway near Fairbanks, Alaska. The only clue left behind was that her purse...
article ‘Monumental moment’: Cold case office opens to investigate missing and murdered indigenous people (8/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- Anchorage has become the sixth place in the nation to open a cold case office meant to investigate missing and murdered indigenous people. State, federal and...
article Disappointed in RCMP, First Nations communities start their own alert system (8/25/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- There are still many unanswered questions about the alleged abduction of a 14-year-old girl in Cape Breton, specifically why an alert wasn't issued...
article The Search For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women (8/25/2020)
(Montana) -- Kaysera Stops Pretty Places was 18 years old when she was found dead in the backyard of a Hardin, Montana home. She was a member of the Crow/Northern...
article 120-year survey finds 1 in 5 of state’s cases of missing, murdered Indigenous women in Humboldt County (8/23/2020)
(California) -- Humboldt County tops the list of California regions with the largest number of missing and murdered indigenous girls, women and two spirit people, a...
article Art installation in progress aims to become healing space for families of MMIWG (8/22/2020)
(Manitoba) -- A new art installation in Selkirk, Man., is being created to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and it is being spearheaded by a woman...
article Police find evidence, but still haven't located missing Cape Breton teen (8/21/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Police say they have found evidence of a missing Cape Breton teen, but 14-year-old Mary (Molly) Martin has not been found. On Friday, Nova Scotia RCMP...
article Emergency alert issued for missing Cape Breton teen (8/20/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- The RCMP sent out an emergency alert for 14-year-old Mary (Molly) Martin early Thursday. Her community, the We'koqma'q First Nation in Cape...
article New information needed to find missing teen in northern Manitoba, RCMP say (8/20/2020)
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba RCMP are looking for new information about a teen from northern Manitoba who has been missing for a month, after an investigation and several...
article Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Wisconsin Task Force worry about funding, effect of Trump's new task force (8/18/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Supporters and organizers of the newly created Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Wisconsin Task Force are concerned about how the group's efforts...
article Police search for missing 14-year-old girl from Eskasoni, N.S. (8/18/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Nova Scotia RCMP are seeking help from the public in the search for 14-year-old Mary (Molly) Martin, of We’koqma’q First Nation, who was...
article Canso Causeway to be shut down for 2 hours Sunday in honour of Chantel Moore, MMIWG (8/16/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- A shutdown of the Canso Causeway is planned Sunday evening to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, two-spirit and LGBTQ...
article Operation Lady Justice Task Force's Fifth Cold Case Office Opens at the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona (8/16/2020)
(Arizona) -- Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney announced today that the fifth of seven offices being established under the Operation Lady...
article Montana sees 22% increase in missing persons cases over summer (8/14/2020)
(Montana) -- The number of missing persons cases reported in Montana has spiked since February, according to data from the Department of Justice. From February to August...
article Cold case office for missing and murdered Indigenous peoples opens in Phoenix (8/14/2020)
(Arizona) -- Gila River Indian Community Police Department is now home to one of seven new national cold case offices investigating missing and murdering Indigenous...
article Indigenous women lead push for MMIW task force (8/13/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- A 2019 bill aiming to create a task force focused on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, or MMIW, failed to come up for a vote in Madison. Attorney...
article New office in New Mexico to focus on Indigenous cold cases (8/12/2020)
(New Mexico) -- U.S. officials have opened an office in New Mexico dedicated to investigating cold cases involving Indigenous people who are missing or have been killed...
article More Than 1,200 Women And Girls Have Gone Missing In Peru During The Pandemic And Officials Think They Know Why (8/11/2020)
(Peru) -- Apart from combating the Coronavirus, Peru has suffered a heartbreaking increase in the number of missing women and girls. Just as hundreds of thousands of...
article Local MMIW Advocates Express Mixed Reactions To New Federal Cold Case Offices (8/10/2020)
(Wyoming) -- This week, a federal cold case task force office opened in Billings to investigate unresolved cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous people [MMIP]. It...
article ‘The ugly truth’: Campaign launches in Minnesota to stop human trafficking (8/8/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Your Call MN campaign just launched in Minnesota. The campaign provides a place for trafficking victims to seek help, and a place for individuals to...
article Assistant Sec. Of Indian Affairs: Tribes Are "Not Alone" In Combating Violence Against Native People (8/7/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Across Indian Country, federal cold case task force offices are opening to investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people. They're part of...
article MMIW Cold Case Office Opens In Billings (8/7/2020)
(Montana) -- A federal office to investigate cold cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people opened in Billings on Aug. 6. The office is part of the Trump...
article Federal MMIP cold case office opens in Billings (8/6/2020)
(Montana) -- A federal office meant to solve cold cases in Indian Country opened Thursday in Billings, one of seven across the nation meant to address missing and...
article Trump-created office for missing Indigenous cases opens in Rapid City (8/5/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Rapid City’s new office to solve cold cases of missing and murdered indigenous women opened Tuesday. This is the second of seven federal offices...
42 Total Articles on this Issue

Oglala Sioux

article OST Public Safety seeks help in locating missing woman (9/1/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety is seeking help from the public in locating a missing woman. Rainbow White Butterfly – Pino,...
1 Article on this Issue

United Auburn

article Christie Wilson's body found on killer's property 15 years after teen went missing, family marks 'day of peace' (8/26/2020)
(California) -- After 15 long years, the family of Christie Wilson, California woman who was abducted and murdered as she left a casino, can celebrate "a day of...
article 15 years ago, Christie Wilson vanished from Thunder Valley Casino. Her body has finally been found. (8/24/2020)
(California) -- In the early morning hours of Oct. 5, 2005, 27-year-old Christie Wilson left Thunder Valley Casino after a night of gambling. She wasn't alone. When...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

press release Cape Breton man charged with child abduction after missing teen found safe (8/25/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- A charge against a Cape Breton man accused of abducting an Indigenous teenage girl has people wondering -- once again -- why an Amber Alert wasn't...
article RCMP release new info on Cape Breton man believed to be with missing teen (8/19/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- RCMP have released new information identifying a man police believe is involved in the case of a missing teenager in Cape Breton. Cpl. Lisa Croteau said...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Yakama Nation

article A community mourns loss of Yakama fisherman Simon Sampson and wife, Diane (8/16/2020)
(Washington) -- With his wife by his side, Simon Sampson fought for his Yakama treaty hunting and fishing rights until he died on June 14. He was 71. Two weeks later, on...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article GIAGO: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure (8/15/2020)
(South Dakota) -- It started in May of 1998 when bodies began to show up in Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered six were Native Americans, and all were...
1 Article on this Issue

Puyallup Tribe

article Friends and family search for missing Puyallup Tribal member in Tacoma (8/15/2020)
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribal Police are looking for a 49-year-old man who has been missing since August 1. The Puyallup Tribe says Arron Garcia is a Puyallup...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Missing 12-year-old found at Isleta Casino (9/17/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A 12-year-old boy who was reported missing early Thursday morning was found at Isleta Casino more than 12 hours later. LaShaun Williams' mother said...
article Crabber survives drifting in boat that ran out of fuel (8/31/2020)
(Washington) -- A member of the Swimonish Indian Tribal Community reported missing in mid-August is back home after spending several days stranded in a boat that ran out...
article Missing since 1989: Age-progressed photos show what Jack family might look like today (8/29/2020)
(Canada) -- Thirty-one years after the Jack family disappeared from Prince George, B.C., a group of advocates have had age-progressed photos created of the young family...
article Missing tribal fisherman found safe on Canadian shore (8/26/2020)
(Washington) -- Amid a global pandemic that has caused much pain and anxiety, Swinomish Tribal Community members are celebrating a local miracle. Michael Smith, Jr., who...
article Family increases efforts to find Santee man missing for almost 5 years (8/16/2020)
(Nebraska) -- The family of Merle Saul has put up a billboard near the Bosselman Travel Center, which is the last place he was seen, more than 4½ years ago. The...
article Missing Thunderchild First Nation woman found dead (7/14/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- RCMP say the body of a woman missing for a month has been found on the Thunderchild First Nation. DeeDee Steele was last seen on the First Nation on...
article Amber Alert issued for 1-year-old eastern Montana boy (6/30/2020)
(Montana) -- An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday morning for a 1-year-old eastern Montana boy who was abducted from the town of Poplar. The missing boy is Malachai Talley...
article Police continue to look for B.C. man 15 years after he disappeared in Halifax (6/26/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Halifax Regional Police continue to look for tips in the disappearance of a British Columbia man 15 years ago. Shen Chiu "Andy" Tsou of Richmond, B.C....
article Remains of Sask. teen missing for 9 years found: sister (5/14/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- The family of a Saskatchewan teen who was last seen nine years ago says his remains have been found. Cody Wolfe, then 17, was last seen leaving his...
article Police in Sioux Falls searching for missing woman (5/10/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Police in Sioux Falls need your help locating a missing a woman. 82-year-old Elizabeth Owl King was last seen at an assisted living 146 N Sycamore Ave.
article A prayer for ‘Lily Rose’: Thunder Bay advocate commemorates child found on riverbank six years ago (5/7/2020)
(Ontario) -- A baby girl lies in an unmarked grave in a Thunder Bay cemetery. She was found stillborn six years ago by the banks of the Neebing River on the south side...
article Mesa police looking for missing boys who ran away (5/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Mesa Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding two boys who have been missing since Wednesday night. Police say they may be...
article Human remains found near Couchiching First Nation (4/14/2020)
(Ontario) -- Ontario Provincial Police say human remains found on April 8 are those of a man who was reported as missing in January 2020. Police said the remains, found...
article UPDATE: 4 missing children in Wyoming found safe, authorities say (4/11/2020)
(Wyoming) -- An amber alert has been issued in Fremont County, Wyoming for four children. Authorities say Stacia Potter, a non-custodial parent, abducted her four...
article Four missing Wyoming children found safe (4/10/2020)
(Wyoming) -- The Wyoming Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for four children missing from the Riverton, Wyoming, area. The children were taken by their...
article Family saddened, relieved to find bodies of Manderson cousins (3/18/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Family members of two inseparable cousins say they’re saddened yet relieved to find their bodies more than two months after they went missing...
article 2 bodies on reservation likely those of missing cousins (3/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Two bodies found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are believed to be those of cousins who have been missing for more than two months, sheriff's...
article Both missing cousins found deceased near Manderson (3/16/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A rancher searching for a missing cow made a discovery that is believed to have resolved a mystery in the hills north of Manderson. After going missing...
article Body of missing Manderson man found, second man still missing (3/15/2020)
(South Dakota) -- After two men had gone missing from the Manderson area for over two months, one of them has been found deceased. Robert Kills Enemy and Vincent Steven...
article One of two cousins who went missing near Manderson has been found dead (3/15/2020)
(South Dakota) -- After going missing more than two months ago, a man last seen near Manderson has been found dead. Cousins Robert "RJ" Kills Enemy Jr. and...

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