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Hoopa Tribe

article Missing Hoopa Man's Truck Found Abandoned With Keys and a Full Load of Wood (3/28/2020)
(California) -- 52-year-old Hoopa man, Virgil Owen Bussell, Jr., was reported missing on March 25, 2020 by his family. They contacted Humboldt County Sheriff’s...
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MMIW

article DOJ set up task force for missing Native Americans and Alaskan Natives (3/23/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- For a variety of reasons, American Indians and Alaska Natives have disproportionate levels of murder and missing persons. So much so that the...
article Column: Wave of murdered Native women demands national response (3/22/2020)
(Minnesota) -- There is a horrific crime wave going on across the United States, but you haven’t heard nearly enough about it in the news. Indigenous women...
article Legislation addresses crime against women in Indian Country (3/21/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- When Pam Smith found out that her niece had been radio silent for hours, she started to worry. She called family, friends and finally local law...
article National View Column: Wave of murdered Native women demands national response (3/21/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a horrific crime wave going on across the United States, but you haven’t heard nearly enough about it in the news. Indigenous women...
article Blackfeet Community College awarded funding for missing persons database (3/21/2020)
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Community College was awarded funding earlier this month for the creation of an online database that will help law enforcement and families...
article Legislation addresses crime against women in Indian Country (3/18/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- When Pam Smith found out that her niece had been radio silent for hours, she started to worry. She called family, friends and finally local law...
article Murkowski addresses crisis of MMTIW (3/18/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- March 12th, 2020: Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor in recognition of Ashley Johnson-Barr Day, a day of...
article Missing girl’s body found at the Quinhagak dump (3/17/2020)
(Alaska) -- A girl was found dead on Monday in Quinhagak. Her body was found in the dump, according to Tribal Police Officer Will Small. The girl was not identified and...
article Nevada officials, native community members grapple with high rate of missing and murdered indigenous women (3/15/2020)
(Nevada) -- An indigenous woman lies flat on the ground, immobile. As a drum slowly crescendos, she tries to rise, struggling against an invisible weight pinning her to...
article Memory quilt made by Montreal women honours missing, murdered Indigenous women (3/14/2020)
(Canada) -- Throughout the fall, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in Montreal gathered every week to share, heal, and empower themselves as survivors of...
article At AG Davis' urging, Senate panel OKs missing, murdered indigenous resolution (3/11/2020)
(Idaho) -- A resolution declaring May 5 as a day of awareness for missing and murdered indigenous people is headed to the Idaho Senate. The House has already passed the...
article Bills address missing, murdered Indigenous people in Wyoming (3/11/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Information on missing or murdered Indigenous people in Wyoming could improve under legislation that would better manage missing persons reports and...
article Bills Address Missing, Murdered Indigenous People in Wyoming (3/10/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Information on missing or murdered Indigenous people in Wyoming could improve under legislation that would better manage missing persons reports and...
article Blackfeet Community College Tapped To Start Work On Missing Indigenous Persons Database (3/10/2020)
(Montana) -- The state Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force has awarded its first $25,000 grant to Blackfeet Community College to develop what will be the first piece...
article Missing and Murdered Tribal Women and Girls Task Force (3/10/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- "My mom's disappearance was 33 years ago, and I feel that some of the same issues that negatively impacted her investigation continue to...
article Online threats, racism causing fear for Indigenous women: MMIWG commissioner (3/8/2020)
(Canada) -- Michele Audette feels disappointed when she looks online and sees a barrage of violent threats toward Indigenous women. "It made me so mad that we...
article Panel seeks more resources on missing Indigenous people (3/6/2020)
(Montana) -- When Paulette Not Afraid woke up on Thursday morning, she expected to go to work for the Crow Tribe, as she does every day. But instead, a friend texted her...
article Presidential Task force heads to Michigan for American Indians experiencing high rates of violence (3/6/2020)
(Michigan) -- Earlier this week, a federal task force announced a series of field consultations and listening sessions to help American Indians and Alaska Natives. The...
article Man hurt by 'false hope' surrounding long-missing daughter (3/6/2020)
(South Dakota) -- For the past 35 years, Taylor Baldeagle has received letters and phone calls from strangers giving him tips and false hope about his daughter Sharon,...
article ‘No More Stolen Sisters’: Demonstrators Rally Against Fossil Fuel Impact on Indigenous Women (3/6/2020)
(New York) -- More than 30 activists from Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell and Climate Justice Cornell demonstrated on the Ag Quad on Friday afternoon...
article Kelsey Lansing's Mission to Stop Violence Against Native Women (3/5/2020)
(Colorado) -- According to a damning report from the Urban Indian Health Institute, Denver is among the ten U.S. cities with the most cases involving missing and...
article Task force would address Wisconsin’s missing and murdered indigenous women (3/5/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Missing and murdered indigenous women were on the agenda at the Capitol Wednesday. Native American and Native Alaskan women and girls are murdered at...
article Utah Lawmakers Vote To Study Violence Against Native Women (3/5/2020)
(Utah) -- Utah is poised to study the disproportionate violence inflicted against Native American women and girls after the Utah Legislature voted to create a task force...
article Human trafficking under reported (3/5/2020)
(North Dakota) -- The number of victims of human trafficking in this state is disproportionate among Native Americans, according to the North Dakota Human Trafficking...
article Lawmakers discuss bill about creating an online database for missing persons (3/4/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A database for missing people, it's an idea state lawmakers are discussing. However, there are some people opposing this bill. Senate Bill 27 wants...
article Wave of Murdered Native American Women Demands a National Response (3/4/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a horrific crime wave going on across the United States, but you probably won’t read about it in your newspaper or see it on the...
article Committee holds hearing on bill to create task force on missing, murdered tribal women (3/4/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Tribal members and lawmakers in Wisconsin are working together to bring justice to tribal women killed or missing. Senate Bill 493 would create a task...
article Passage of "Ida's Law" offers hope for advocates of Murdered and Missing Indigenous People (3/3/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The State House of Representatives passed a law Tuesday that is hoped to allow more attention and effort to the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous...
article Utah takes steps to address violence against indigenous women (3/3/2020)
(Utah) -- Native American communities and others gathered at the Utah Capitol to celebrate the passage of legislation that will create a task force to take an in-depth...
press release Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Announces Tribal Consultations and Listening Sessions (3/2/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Presidential Task force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives announced a series of field consultations and listening...
article Eagle Butte man hurt by 'false hope' surrounding daughter's 35-year disappearance (3/1/2020)
(South Dakota) -- For the past 35 years, Taylor Baldeagle has received letters and phone calls from strangers giving him tips and false hope about his daughter Sharon,...
article 'It's Got To Stop': Native Americans Say Crimes Against Them Are Not Taken Seriously (2/29/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Native Americans make up less than 2% of the national population. But last year, they accounted for an estimated 5% of all missing persons cases....
article Families Of Missing, Murdered Call For Review Of Cases In Southeast Montana (2/29/2020)
(Montana) -- Families in southeast Montana are demanding law enforcement review all cases of missing and murdered indigenous people in Big Horn, Rosebud, and Yellowstone...
article Barron: Incomplete Data Costs Indigenous Lives. One Utah Legislator Has a Plan to Fill in the Gaps. (2/28/2020)
(Utah) -- In 2008, the Department of Justice released sickening statistics regarding violence toward Native American women. They found that Native Americans disappear at...
article Navajo Prep students raise awareness of MMIW epidemic, call for action (2/28/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Preparatory School’s Eagles Nest gym was packed with girls basketball fans on the night of Feb. 20 as Prep’s Lady Eagles played...
article Seeking answers FOIA applied to local case (2/28/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Sheridan community members continue to grieve and search for answers regarding missing and murdered indigenous individuals after one young girl was found...
article MN task force on violence against Native American women seeks personal stories (2/28/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Members of the state’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Task Force know it’s a big deal to ask women to share difficult and...
article Grieving Native American families shamed law enforcement over missing women and won action from President Trump (2/27/2020)
(Montana) -- On a cloudy winter afternoon, a few dozen people stand outside the courthouse in Hardin, Montana, holding banners and signs bearing the photos of young...
article MMIW Movement gets support from South community (2/27/2020)
(Minnesota) -- On February 14th the streets in Ventura Village and East Phillips neighborhoods in South Minneapolis filled with red. But it was not to celebrate...
article Bill aims to create data and reporting systems for missing and murdered indigenous persons (2/27/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Today, February 27, 2020, is the last day for bills on third reading to move on from the house of origin. The House and the Senate convened at 10 a.m. this...
article Kansas to join fight against murder of Native American women? (2/25/2020)
(Kansas) -- The Kansas House gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a plan to help end what some are calling the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous peoples, in...
article Laws to deal with plight of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons moving at Capitol (2/25/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Action continues as the pressing issues relating to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) are being addressed at the State Capitol. On Tuesday,...
article Bills would notify public of missing Native women, children (2/24/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- With the support of Oklahoma tribes seeking to reduce the incidence of violence among Native women and children, the state Legislature is considering...
article ‘I gotta stay strong’: the Native American families with a legacy of violent deaths (2/24/2020)
(USA) -- When Pauline HighWolf’s son came to her home in Montana three months ago to tell her that her sister was dead, she was overwhelmed by a painful jolt of...
article Editorial: Nebraskans come together to strengthen protection for Native American women (2/23/2020)
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska is making slow but positive initial progress in working to develop an accurate database of missing Native American women and to strengthen law...
article Missing and murdered: Act now for comprehensive protection of indigenous women and girls (2/23/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Ask the average American about #MMIWG, and you’ll likely get a blank stare. That’s because over 95 percent of cases of Missing and...
article State, tribal officials aim to learn more about missing and murdered indigenous Idahoans (2/23/2020)
(Idaho) -- Two agencies dedicated to assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence hosted Idaho’s first summit in December to address the statewide and...
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Blackfeet Nation

article Body Found on Blackfeet Reservation, 2 People Missing (3/4/2020)
(Montana) -- A body was found on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana where two people have recently been reported missing, Blackfeet Law Enforcement...
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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article Utah Lawmakers Vote To Study Violence Against Native Women (3/4/2020)
(Utah) -- Utah is poised to study the disproportionate violence inflicted against Native American women and girls after the Utah Legislature voted to create a task force...
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Other News

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...
article Parents on 400km walk for missing son stopped by police, say they were mistaken for protesters (3/6/2020)
(Manitoba) -- A mother and father walking Manitoba highways to raise awareness about their missing son say they were stopped Tuesday night by the RCMP after being...
article Search for missing 5-year-old Dulce Alavez moves to woods near Ohio casino (3/2/2020)
(Ohio) -- Authorities in Ohio have searched a wooded area near a casino after receiving letters suggesting they could find clues there connected to the disappearance of...
article Selena Not Afraid's death ruled accidental (3/1/2020)
(Montana) -- The death of 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid has been ruled accidental. The ruling was made by the Montana State Medical Examiner’s Office and released...
article Children found safe after going missing during Alaskan blizzard (2/5/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska State Troopers report that four children missing since Sunday were found alive, although with severe hypothermia, Monday about 18 miles south of their...
article Rescuers found lost Nunam Iqua children in a hole in the snow, huddled around the youngest child (2/5/2020)
(Alaska) -- Bryan Simon and his team of search and rescue volunteers left Scammon Bay around 10:30 Monday morning. Snowmaching along the Black River, Simon scanned the...
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...

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