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Bill 'doesn't do anything' to help find missing Native people, Montana lawmakers say

Lawmakers and state agency leadership admitted Monday that legislation named after a murdered Native woman and meant to avoid the circumstances that led to her death in the future is toothless.

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6/15/2019

article Families of missing indigenous women march in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Families and friends of missing or slain American Indian women and girls are again calling for justice for their loved ones. About 200 people gathered...
article One year later, Jermain Charlo still missing while the state reckons with MMIW
(Montana) -- Guy Baker has been having trouble sleeping lately. The 19-year Missoula Police detective assigned to the missing persons case of Jermain Charlo wrestles...
article Native runners save 2 women trapped in vehichle after crash
(California) -- Native Americans running from the Fort Yuma Indian reservation in Arizona to the Sycuan reservation in San Diego’s East County, a 150 mile journey...

6/14/2019

article Raising Awareness For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women
(Indian Country) -- Two Lakota women are riding motorcycles to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Native American women from across the continent...
article Why it's genocide: ‘Our women are being targeted … there is no justice’
(Canada) -- June 27th was the worst day of Nicole Gladue-Weesemat’s life. A year ago a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer came to tell her that her beloved...
article MMIWG commissioners in Saskatoon on same day human trafficking suspect in provincial court
(Saskatchewan) -- Marion Buller says she knows the case. Buller, the chief commissioner with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,...
article The Conversation: Grassroots efforts bring #MMIW crisis to light
(Canada) -- The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry’s final report has concluded that the long-term and ongoing murders and...

6/13/2019

article Canada's treatment of Indigenous peoples fits the definition of 'genocide'
(Ontario) -- Some people believe the earth is flat. Some people believe climate change is a myth. Some people believe the justice system is colour-blind. All of those...

6/12/2019

article Gila River addresses initiatives for missing and murdered
(Arizona) -- Governor Stephen Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community says the tribe is collecting their own data, want to collaborate with other tribes, and would like...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls: An epidemic on both sides of the Medicine Line
(Canada) -- As an American Indian woman who recently moved to Canada, I’ve been saddened to see that the systemic and insidious racism towards Indigenous women and...
article Why Genocide? That Should Be Obvious, Says Inquiry Commissioner
(Canada) -- Marion Buller doesn’t understand the controversy over the charge of genocide in the report into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Buller...

6/11/2019

article AUDIO: The Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Utah and Around the Country
(Utah) -- More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. More than half of this population has experienced sexual...
article OP/ED: A global solution to the problem of missing persons
(Indian Country) -- According to the National Crime Information Center, in 2018 more than 600,000 people were reported missing in the United States; well over two-thirds...
article Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force meets for first time
(Montana) -- The Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for the first time in Helena on Tuesday as it looks at jurisdictional challenges and awards grants aimed at...
article State's New Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force Meets In Helena
(Montana) -- Montana’s newly formed Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for the first time Tuesday in Helena. The task force of tribal members and state law...
article With bills, Cortez Masto targets epidemic of missing and slain indigenous women
(Nevada) -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., has stayed in the public eye with staunch opposition to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in her home state....

6/10/2019

article It's Shocking How Little Is Done When Native Women Disappear
(Montana) -- In June 2017, sisters Ashley and Kimberly Heavy Runner Loring were full of plans. Ashley hoped to leave her home on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, east...
article MMIWG an epidemic in U.S. as well as Canada, says North Dakota legislator
(Indian Country) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in its report released June 3 pointed to the residential school system,...
article 'Truths are piling up': The legal and moral imperatives behind the MMIWG's calls for justice
(Canada) -- In the wake of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls' final report, attention is now turning toward whether its 231...
article It is 'its own thing': Andrew Scheer disagrees with Indigenous inquiry's genocide finding
(Canada) -- Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the level of violence directed at Indigenous women and girls in Canada should not be labelled a genocide.
article MMIWG report missed chance to change how deaths are investigated, says Indigenous forensic pathologist
(Ottawa) -- No one needed to explain to Kona Williams, Canada's first Indigenous forensic pathologist, why it was so important for Canada to hold a National Inquiry...
article Prayer walk remembers missing, murdered
(Idaho) -- About 200 people gathered at Fort Hall Saturday morning for a prayer walk to bring attention to missing or murdered indigenous people on the Fort Hall...

6/9/2019

article How a trans man from a small Yukon town had a big impact on the MMIWG inquiry
(Canada) -- Shaun LaDue was two months old when he was taken by a social worker from his family's traditional bush camp on Frances Lake, near Ross River, Yukon. Over...
article Montana's Missing Indigenous Persons task force named
(Montana) -- Attorney General Tim Fox has appointed 11 members to the Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force. Montana lawmakers created the task force to identify...
article New task force created to track violence and missing native females in MN
(Minnesota) -- Every year, an untold number of Native American Women in Minnesota have vanished, or worse, have been killed. It's been a decades-long struggle to...

6/8/2019

article MMIWG report calls on Canadians to act: Here's how to make an impact
(Canada) -- Among the calls for justice in the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are a handful that urge everyone...
article 'Truths are piling up': The legal and moral imperatives behind the MMIWG's calls for justice
(Canada) -- In the wake of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Firls' final report, attention is now turning toward whether its 231...
article Prayer walk remembers missing, murdered
(Idaho) -- About 200 people gathered at Fort Hall Saturday morning for a prayer walk to bring attention to missing or murdered indigenous people on the Fort Hall...

6/7/2019

article Canada begins reconciliation process after inquiry into missing or murdered indigenous women ends
(Canada) -- On Monday (June 3), an emotional, three-year inquiry into Canada’s treatment of aboriginal women came to an end—though the process of national...
article How The Treatment Of Indigenous Women In The U.S. Compares To Canada
(Washington D.C.) -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo here in Washington has a lot of female reptiles, and that means a lot of unfertilized eggs that don't hatch....
article Montana Tribal Leaders Say Canadian MMIW Inquiry Reason to Push For Solutions
(Montana) -- After two years in the making, the Canadian government released its National Inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous persons on Monday. The report...
article Newhouse calls for local hearings on missing and murdered Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse wants to hold hearings in his own central Washington 4th District on the plight of missing and murdered Native American women...
article Silenced, slain or disappeared: Indigenous women are focus of new task force
(Minnesota) -- Mysti Babineau said she was 20 and living in Isanti, Minn., when she was kidnapped and taken more than 50 miles to St. Paul. "They held me at...

6/6/2019

article 'We have to do more': Community leaders respond to state report on missing indigenous women
(Washington) -- Fifty-six Native American women are listed as missing in Washington, according to a new State Patrol report. But representatives of the Native American...
article 56 indigenous Washington women missing, new reports finds
(Washington) -- The Seattle City Council on Wednesday heard testimony on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. The hearing came on the heels of months of...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls: An epidemic on both sides of the Medicine Line
(Canada) -- As an American Indian woman who recently moved to Canada, I’ve been saddened to see that the systemic and insidious racism towards Indigenous women and...
article Rosalie Fish Runs for the Murdered and Missing
(Washington) -- A volcanic governmental report out of Canada this week has exposed what is being called “a Canadian genocide” of murdered or missing...
article Seattle has highest number of slain Native American women, study finds
(Washington) -- Seattle has the highest rates of slain Native American women in the country, according to a recent study. While indigenous women are 10 times more likely...
article Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force Appointed
(Montana) -- Following the recent passage of legislation to create a state missing indigenous persons task force, Attorney General Tim Fox today announced its members.
article State Attorney General announces members of new MMIP task force
(Montana) -- Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has announced the members of a new missing indigenous persons task force that seeks to tackle the missing and murdered...
article 'No more stolen sisters': 12,000-mile ride to highlight missing indigenous women
(Canada) -- Joan Jack tied nine red silk ribbons to the back of her Harley Davidson before setting off from Winnipeg, heading east down Canada’s Highway 1. Jack, a...
article Silenced, slain or disappeared: Indigenous women are focus of new task force
(Minnesota) -- Mysti Babineau said she was 20 and living in Isanti, Minn., when she was kidnapped and taken more than 50 miles to St. Paul. "They held me at...

6/5/2019

article Government 'committed' to MMIWG national action plan, minister says
(Canada) -- The federal government is already taking action on the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMWIG) report with a national action plan to invest...
article MMIWG cases continued at same rate even after national inquiry began, data shows
(Canada) -- The rate of violence against Indigenous women and girls continued unabated during the mandate of the national inquiry created to investigate the root causes...
article OP/ED: What happened to missing and murdered Indigenous women was horrific, but it wasn't genocide
(Canada) -- Allegations of “genocide” have been around for so long to describe the 500 years of treatment of the New World’s first settlers by its post...
article Over one-third of missing indigenous women in WA disappeared from Yakima County, WSP says
(Washington) -- "It hurts. My family is still looking for her as we speak," said Sabrina Sampson. Sampson is one of many family members looking for answers and...
article Report says Seattle has highest number of murdered Native women
(Washington) -- When someone you love goes missing the days are torture. Alyssa McLemore vanished 10 years ago in Kent after calling 911 for help. McLemore’s case...
article ‘Please help find me’: Photo of missing Kent woman to hit states’ highways
(Washington) -- Alyssa McLemore disappeared from Kent a decade ago, but the Washington State Patrol is hoping to shed new light on her case with something commonly seen...
article Riders participate in 200-mile horseback ride to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(South Dakota) -- Riders participated in an annual 200-mile horseback ride raising awareness for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement. The ride...
article Hotline available for American Indians faced with domestic and dating violence
(Minnesota) -- StrongHearts Native Helpline is a free, culturally sensitive and confidential hotline for American Indians faced with domestic and dating violence,...

6/4/2019

article 'The genocide cannot continue' says longtime MMIWG advocate Gladys Radek
(Canada) -- Gladys Radek dreamt about the day when the voices of families with missing and murdered loved ones would be front and centre in this country. A dream more...
article Manitoba NDP leader doesn't want his kids to see themselves as genocide victims after release of MMIWG report
(Canada) -- A First Nations politician in Manitoba says he does not want his children to see themselves as victims of genocide. Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew says the...
article ‘This is genocide’: The final report of Canada’s inquiry into MMIWG
(Canada) -- Canada’s just-released national inquiry into thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls calls the crisis “genocide.” The...
article U.S. Congresswoman calls MMIW inquiry a ‘significant step’
(Washington D.C.) -- The final report from the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada is receiving high profile attention from south of...
article New report reveals 56 American Indian women are missing in Washington state
(Washington) -- A new report by the Washington State Patrol finds there are 56 missing American Indian women in the state of Washington, with 20 of those from Yakima...
article ‘They feel that no one cares’: Washington State Patrol report outlines missteps in reporting, tracking missing Native women
(Washington) -- Capt. Monica Alexander remembers when a woman in Spokane stood up at a community meeting convened by the Washington State Patrol in October. It was one...
article Native American women at high risk for violence
(Indian Country) -- Murder is the third leading cause of death among Native American women. According to the Department of Justice, for women living on reservations the...

6/3/2019

article Canadian Inquiry Calls Killings of Indigenous Women Genocide
(Canada) -- The widespread killings and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls in Canada are a “genocide” for which Canada itself is responsible, a...
article Emotional ceremony to mark release of inquiry report on Indigenous women, girls
(Canada) -- Survivors and families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are preparing for what's anticipated to be a highly emotional ceremony in...
article Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women issues final report with sweeping calls for change
(Canada) -- After more than three years, dozens of community meetings and testimony from well over 2,000 Canadians, the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls...
article Missing and murdered inquiry calls for police overhaul to halt indigenous ‘genocide’
(Canada) -- The final report of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women calls for an overhaul of the way police handle such cases after commissioners...
article Thousands Of Indigenous Women & Girls Missing Or Murdered In Canada, Victims Of ‘Canadian Genocide’
(Canada) -- In recent decades, thousands of indigenous women and girls living in Canada have reportedly gone missing or been found dead, according to CNN. A report...
article Thousands of murdered and missing indigenous women have fallen victim to a decades-long 'Canadian genocide' amid 'state actions rooted in colonialism', report finds
(Canada) -- Thousands of murdered and missing indigenous women have fallen victim to a decades-long Canadian genocide, a major report has claimed. Indigenous women faced...
article WSP report on missing and murdered Native women says more coordination needed
(Washington) -- Law enforcement agencies — tribal, state, local and federal — need to work together and communicate better to accurately assess Washington...

6/2/2019

article 231 'imperative' changes: The MMIWG inquiry's calls for justice
(Canada) -- There are 231 steps that need to be taken by governments and Canadians in order to end the genocide against Indigenous women and girls according to the final...
article Inquiry finds ‘race-based genocide’ of Indigenous people in Canada
(Canada) -- The four-member inquiry that was tasked with uncovering the systemic reasons for the disproportionate number of murders and disappearances of Indigenous...
article Inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous calls on all Canadians to call out racism as report attributes tragedy to genocide
(Canada) -- The final report of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women calls for an overhaul of the way police handle such cases after commissioners...
article MORON ALERT: Former Harper-era minister doubles down on calling MMIWG inquiry report 'propagandist'
(Canada) -- A former federal Aboriginal affairs minister under the Stephen Harper government is doubling down on his social media claim that the finding of "...
article High school track star runs to raise awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women
(Washington) -- Even without the three gold medals, one silver medal and the sportsmanship award she earned at the Class 1B state meet in Washington, Rosalie Fish would...
article Powwow to honor missing and murdered indigenous women set for Kalispell
(Montana) -- Next week, the Flathead County Fairgrounds in Kalispell will host the first annual Herd Bull Powwow to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. “...

6/1/2019

article 'Bittersweet' reaction to MMIWG inquiry deeming deaths and disappearances a genocide
(British Columbia) -- For many British Columbians, a new report deeming the deaths and disappearances of thousands of Indigenous women and girls a "Canadian...
article 'If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention': MMIWG inquiry report includes 231 recommendations
(Manitoba) -- After hearing more than 1,000 hours of testimony from survivors and families, a national inquiry says it's only begun to scratch the surface when it...
article National inquiry calls murders and disappearances of Indigenous women a 'Canadian genocide'
(Canada) -- The thousands of Indigenous women and girls who were murdered or disappeared across the country in recent decades are victims of a "Canadian genocide,...
article Mohawk woman looks to MMIWG inquiry closing ceremony for healing
(Canada) -- For Cheryl McDonald, being at the closing ceremony for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be an important step in...
article ‘When I run about it, people will notice’: Rosalie Fish runs for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington) -- Rosalie Fish was the most recognizable athlete at the small-school state track and field meet last weekend. The five trips to the awards podium to...
article Inquiry's final report will show fears were justified, cousin of 3 MMIWG predicts
(Canada) -- Ivana Yellowback still remembers the urgent message she received years ago from her mother, asking where she was and what she was doing. "So I called...

5/31/2019

article 'Our hurt, our loss, our tears': MMIWG report an emotional milestone for Sask. Indigenous women
(Saskatchewan) -- It's been a "hard road" for Sen. Lillian Dyck, pushing against what she sees as resistance to changing the law to protect Indigenous...
article In Yakima, families meet with congressman about missing, murdered Native women
(Washington) -- During a meeting in White Swan in March 1993, community members pleaded with Jay Inslee, then representing the 4th District in the U.S. House, for more...

5/29/2019

article Lawmakers agree on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women task force
(Minnesota) -- A group of tribal, health, advocacy and law enforcement leaders are set to study why so many Indigenous women are murdered or go missing. An omnibus...

5/28/2019

article Data on missing or murdered Tohono O'odham females could help guide prevention efforts
(Arizona) -- Arizona is joining a handful of states that enacted laws to jumpstart the collection of data on missing or murdered Indigenous women. One woman started...
article New bill creates study group for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer commended Gov. Doug Ducey for signing a bill to create the Missing and Murdered...

5/26/2019

article O’odham woman’s death echoes across generations
(Arizona) -- When young mother Alejandra Molina, 23, of the Tohono O’odham tribe, was killed in her mother’s Ajo home on March 23, 2003, newspapers reported...
article Arizona joins the ranks looking to end violence against indigenous women
(Arizona) -- Tara Myers’ sister was shot and killed a five-minute walk from their childhood home in Sells. Myers doesn’t know why her sister, Kim Myers, was...

5/25/2019

article 'Where are our women and girls?': Walk brings MMIWG issue to Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- Despite soaking rain, a group walking along U.S. Highway 64 remained steadfast on heightening awareness here about missing and murdered indigenous women...

5/24/2019

article Governor Signs Bills Addressing Epidemic of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women
(Montana) -- The governor, joined by the Montana American Indian Caucus, signed a suite of bills into law that address reporting and investigating the epidemic of...
article N.W.T. woman, missing since 1990, featured on national missing person page
(Northwest Territories) -- The disappearance of Charlene Catholique was featured on a national missing person's page Friday, nearly 30 years after the then-15-year-...
article Remembering Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Through a Skirt
(Montana) -- In March, Misty Jackson from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians participated in a fashion show with the goal of highlighting the problem...

5/23/2019

article MMIW and Native American heritage bills signed into law
(Montana) -- Members of the legislative Montana American Indian Caucus joined Governor Steve Bullock to celebrate a number of bills passed by the 2019 Legislature that...
article Montana State politicians sign package of bills tackling MMIP crisis
(Montana) -- Governor Steve Bullock held a ceremonial signing Thursday for five laws focused on reporting, investigating and addressing the MMIP epidemic in the Treasure...

5/22/2019

article Plans announced for new missing Indigenous persons laws
(Montana) -- Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced the implementation plans for several bills passed by the 2019 Montana Legislature that address missing Indigenous...
article Family, friends continue looking for woman missing from Toppenish since May 5
(Washington) -- Authorities are seeking information about a Toppenish woman who has been missing since early this month. Alillia “Lala” Minthorn, 25, has...

5/20/2019

article Oregon joins effort to solve crimes against Native women
(Oregon) -- Native American women have gone missing or been killed at alarming rates, federal and private studies show, and there is growing concern that confusion by...

5/19/2019

article Lawless: One in three Alaska villages have no local police
(Alaska) -- Village Police Officer Annie Reed heard her VHF radio crackle to life in the spring of 2018 with the familiar voice of an elder. I need help at my house, the...
article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in America
(USA) -- While the number of murders and abductions of indigenous American women has dramatically increased over the past two decades, there does not seem to be a...

5/14/2019

article MMIWG inquiry still fighting for access to RCMP files, weeks from closing ceremony
(Ottawa) -- With its final report just weeks away from being released, the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls is in federal court...

5/13/2019

article Advocates, Lawmakers Push to Stop Violence Against Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Advocates and lawmakers call it the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis. In some places, Native women are 10 times more likely to be...
article After years of being ignored, renewed hope for Minnesota's missing and murdered indigenous women
(Minnesota) -- Mysti Babineau says she’s what people call a “half-breed.” She was born to a German mother and a Red Lake Ojibwe father. When she was...
article Native American women run to strengthen and heal their communities
(Minnesota) -- "We don't want to be invisible because that's how we disappear, and that's why people don't look for us," said Sarah Agaton...

5/12/2019

article Navajo activist celebrates new attention on murdered, missing Native women
(Arizona) -- Debbie Nez-Manuel was 3 years old when her mother disappeared from their home on the Navajo Nation. She turned up dead a few weeks later about an hour...

5/11/2019

article Native American women, LGBTQ community members march to end violence, oppression
(Minnesota) -- Reva D'Nova, known as Miss Reva to her friends, has a slightly crooked smile. It got that way after a near-death experience: She was thrown from a...
article ‘We Stand Strong With Them’: Women Honored At Minneapolis Indigenous March
(Minnesota) -- The first Indigenous Women’s March was held Saturday in the Twin Cities. People gathered outside the Indian Women’s Resource Center in...

5/10/2019

article Navajo activist celebrates attention for dead, missing women
(Arizona) -- Debbie Nez-Manuel was 3 years old when her mother disappeared from their home on the Navajo Nation. She turned up dead a few weeks later about an hour's...
article MMIW chief commissioner recommends automatic first-degree murder charges for killings of Indigenous women
(Ontario) -- The chief commissioner of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is recommending the justice system be tougher on people who commit...
article Sen. Tester presses BIA over resources for MMIW cases
(Washington D.C.) -- As U.S. Senator Jon Tester wraps up a week of advocating for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), he pressed the federal government...
article Navajo activist celebrates attention for dead, missing women
(Arizona) -- Debbie Nez-Manuel was 3 years old when her mother disappeared from their home on the Navajo Nation. She turned up dead a few weeks later about an hour's...
article New Indigenous Women's March aims to end violence in all forms
(Minnesota) -- Members of the Twin Cities' Native American community will march in Minneapolis on Saturday to honor indigenous women as well as empower all survivors...
article Tulsa World editorial: Violence against American Indiana and Alaskan Native woman is a silent crisis
(Oklahoma) -- The four Native American members of the U.S. House of Representatives have joined forces to address the silent crisis of violence against indigenous women...
article Edmonton lawyer who made a career as a voice for Indigenous women being recognized
(Alberta) -- As a lawyer focused on Indigenous issues, Lisa Weber sees a lot of prejudice and privilege in the revolving doors of the justice system. A case in point?...

5/8/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Federal bill raises awareness about MMIW
(Oklahoma) -- At Cherokee Nation, the largest tribal government in America, we recognize and respect women as life givers, culture bearers and the caretakers of our...
article Tester, Daines Back Federal MMIW Study
(Washington D.C.) -- Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester spoke on the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday urging his colleagues to pass a handful of federal bills aimed...
article The Search: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(USA) -- Indigenous women in the United States experience some of the highest rates of violence and murder in the country, according to federal data. Tribes and...
press release Murkowski Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Legislators Asking for Federal Study on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- Following the “National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls” on Sunday, Senator Murkowski joined a...

5/7/2019

article Murkowski pushes feds for study on missing, murdered indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- More than a dozen federal lawmakers, among them Alaska’s senior U.S. senator, are seeking federal help in examining the nation’s wave of...
article Passage of joint resolution marks alarming rate at which indigenous women go missing or are murdered
(Maine) -- State lawmakers recently passed a joint resolution that highlights the alarming rate at which indigenous women go missing or are murdered. While Maine is...
article Samish Indian Nation to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington) -- According to the National Institute of Justice, 84 percent of Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. Overall, that is more than 1.5...
article Organizers asking for photos after hundreds gather to Line the Rims in Red
(Montana) -- Hundreds gathered Sunday night in Billings to Line the Rims in Red. The event was meant to bring awareness to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous...

5/6/2019

article Our stolen sisters
(Oregon) -- A paper lantern rose gently in the breeze and promptly caught on fire. The lantern launch happened Sunday evening at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute as...
article 'We need to give a damn': Group gathers to remember missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Arizona) -- She lived. She inspired. Those were the words written on two different hearts in between dozens of others featuring names of missing and murdered Indigenous...
article In Arizona, only about 1 in 3 murders of Native Americans get disclosed in FBI crime report
(Arizona) -- A study released by a non-profit that examines unsolved murders has found that half of all Native American deaths in the U.S. go unreported to the FBI. In...
article Forks march raises awareness of missing, murdered indigenous women
(Washington) -- Cindy Claplanhoo carried a photo of her sister, Valerie Claplanhoo, as she and 200 other people from coastal tribes across the Olympic Peninsula marched...
article Remembering the women the world forgot
(Minnesota) -- Walter Goodwin remembers the joy he felt when his cousin, Ricarda Tillman-Locket, was born. He also remembers the fear and anguish he felt upon hearing...
article Daines, Tester react to Missing and Murdered American Indians Awareness Day
(Montana) -- Jermain Charlo – missing for almost a year. Hannah Harris – her body was found decomposed on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Ashley Loring...
article 'I lied to everyone about Christine': Overby admits to killing Wood during trial testimony
(Manitoba) -- The man on trial for second-degree murder in the death of Christine Wood admitted to killing her Monday morning in a Winnipeg court room. Brett Overby, 32...

5/5/2019

article White House issues proclamation for 'Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day, 2019'
(Washington D.C.) -- On May 3rd, the White House issued a proclamation on the White House website under presidential actions in acknowledgment of Missing and Murdered...
article As bills fighting missing, murdered natives crisis become law, what's next for the movement?
(Montana) -- Several bills aiming to combat the crisis of missing Native Americans in Montana are now on the books, after members of the Montana Legislature's Indian...
article Daines, Tester react to Missing and Murdered American Indians Awareness Day
(Montana) -- On Sunday, President Donald Trump declared May 5 as Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day. “I call upon Americans and...
article Hundreds turn out for "Line the Rims in Red" event in Billings
(Montana) -- On a cold May evening in Billings, hundreds of people took to the Rimrocks dressed in red, standing side by side on the sandstone rock formation in a...
article Mother filled with questions, grief as investigation into her daughter's homicide continues
(Montana) -- During moments of doubt and suspicion, Mary Wilson wonders if every passing face could answer the question she cannot let go of. Who killed my daughter? It...
article Portraits preserve memories of missing, murdered indigenous women
(Alaska) -- Amber Webb looks at the white kuspuk that stands 20 feet tall and is 8 feet wide while serving as a back drop in a room used by the House Special Committee...
article Walk to honor Missing and Murdered Native Women
(North Dakota) -- Almost six years ago in July, Northern Cheyenne Tribe member Hanna Harris was reported missing. Her body was found five days later after she was...

5/4/2019

article Rally planned to bring attention to missing and murdered indigenous women, girls
(Alaska) -- A rally and march are planned at 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Fairbanks to shine a light on alarming rates of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls....
article Remembrance offers healing to Alaska Native community mourning missing and murdered women
(Alaska) -- The list was five pages long. On it were written 191 names. Each name represented an Alaska Native woman or girl who has either gone missing or been killed,...
article Sho-Ban presentation remembers the missing
(Idaho) -- Tears flowed like a river here Friday afternoon, tears that were all too real. It was all a part of a presentation given to students of Shoshone-Bannock...

5/3/2019

article New Laws Aim to Save Native American Women's Lives
(Washington D.C.) -- As Native American women continue to be reported missing and murdered at alarmingly high rates, state and federal legislatures are taking steps to...
article Tribal leader speaks on Governor Noem's ban
(South Dakota) -- You may have heard by now that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is no longer welcome on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It has to do with the...
article Montana governor signs missing-persons bill
(Montana) -- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed bills Friday calling for better coordination in the search for missing people and another saying the state Department of...
article Native Americans are more likely to be reported missing than others. New laws seek to address that
(Montana) -- Montana is home to some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll find anywhere in America. It’s also home to one of the country’s ugliest...
article Red sand spread across Great Falls to represent human trafficking and MMIW
(Montana) -- A rally to raise awareness for human trafficking and missing and murdered indigenous women was held in Great Falls Friday. Mayor Bob Kelly proclaimed May 3...
article Arizona Senate passes bill establishing committee that will study missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Arizona) -- With her 3-year-old daughter, Elayne Gregg happily hugged fellow House Bill 2570 supporters after the bill passed the Arizona Senate Thursday. The bill is...
article THE VANISHED: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Washington
(Washington) -- Native American women and girls know their heritage puts them at risk. They tell each other to take care. They all know it is easy for someone to take...
article THE VANISHED: The Missing
(Washington) -- Native women and girls suffer physical and sexual violence, go missing and are murdered with alarming frequency. On some reservations in the United...
article Toppenish events Sunday to raise awareness for missing, murdered indigenous women
(Washington) -- Like many other events happening Sunday throughout the Pacific Northwest and the nation, a gathering in this Lower Valley city will raise awareness for...
article State, federal officials to sponsor training session on missing persons cases
(Montana) -- Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme will sponsor a joint training session next month for local, state, tribal and federal police...

5/2/2019

article Bill proposes examining violent crimes against Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal measure proposes to create an advisory committee to examine ways to reduce violent crime against Native Americans, including the issue of...
article Navajo Nation applauds bipartisan human trafficking bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer commended Reps. Deb Haaland, Pueblo of Laguna, D-N.M., Tom Cole, Chickasaw...
article Senate approves committee to study murders of Native American women
(Arizona) -- A bill aimed at shining a light on cases of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls, often referred to as MMIWG cases, won unanimous approval in the...
article New Exhibit Highlights Missing, Murdered Native American Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Forty red dresses hand outside of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. VOA Khmer's Seourn Vathana narrates.
article "In The Night Of Memory" Novel Explores Missing Native Woman
(South Dakota) -- May 5th is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. In some tribal communities, Native American women face murder rates...
article Attorney General Fox, U.S. Attorney Alme announce Joint Missing Persons Training
(Montana) -- State and federal law enforcement officials have announced a joint training session aimed at helping investigators and the public address missing persons...
article Multi-agency training event to focus on missing persons cases
(Montana) -- Training for local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement and the public on missing persons cases in Montana, particularly those involving Native...
article Indigenous women exhibit warrior spirit in face of MMIW crisis
(Montana) -- In 1973, shots were fired in Wounded Knee, South Dakota following a 71-day occupation made up of 200 Native American men, women, and children. The...
article Missing, murdered women: Artist tries to make crisis feel real
(Alaska) -- Yupik artist Amber Webb is using a Sharpie to bring people face-to-face with a nationwide crisis. Years ago, a family friend of Webb’s went missing,...

5/1/2019

article Anchorage gathering planned to remember missing Native women
(Alaska) -- Alaska advocacy groups are hosting a public weekend ceremony in Anchorage to remember missing and murdered indigenous women. The free Saturday afternoon...
article Bill Would Require Police To Study How To Better Investigate Missing Native Women
(Oregon) -- Oregon lawmakers are moving forward on a measure that would require the Oregon State Police to study how to improve their investigations on missing and...

4/29/2019

article Wyoming to form task force on missing, murdered native women
(Wyoming) -- Gov. Mark Gordon says he will convene a task force to address ways to combat the high rates of murdered and missing American Indian women in Wyoming. The...
article Washington passes 'model bill' on missing indigenous women
(Washington) -- In what's being called a significant step for tribal communities, the Washington legislature has passed a bill to help investigate crimes of missing...

4/28/2019

article Billboard campaign comes to Arizona with strong message on missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Arizona) -- There is a new billboard in town, and it has a strong message to send, but when April Ignacio saw it, the imagery shocked her. This is what she saw: "...
article Kalispell event focuses on missing and murdered indigenous women
(Montana) -- Love Lives Here and Flathead Valley Community College’s Montana American Indian Scholars Program are teaming up for an upcoming event that aims to...

4/27/2019

article Wyoming Gov. to Form Task Force on Missing, Murdered Native Women
(Wyoming) -- Gov. Mark Gordon says he will convene a task force to address ways to combat the high rates of murdered and missing American Indian women in Wyoming. The...
article Former sex worker turned amateur detective now solves murders of missing Native American women whose bodies are dumped in lakes
(North Dakota) -- This is just one of dozens of cases involving missing which Lissa has been trying to crack - most of which involve the disappearance of native American...

4/26/2019

article Highway of Tears: why indigenous people disappear in the US and Canada
(Canada) -- Monica Jack had set out earlier in the day with a cousin riding their bikes to the nearby town of Merritt near Vancouver in Canada’s western province...
article Gordon promises task force on missing, murdered native women
(Wyoming) -- Gov. Mark Gordon made an impromptu announcement Friday on the University of Wyoming campus that he’ll convene a task force to address ways to combat...

4/25/2019

article She Ran Boston With ‘MMIW’ Painted on Her Body for the Missing Women the World Ignored
(Boston) -- When Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel ran the Boston Marathon, she had 26 names on her mind—and the hashtag, #MMIW, to remember each of...
article Missing indigenous women focus of new law
(Washington) -- With sometimes-marginalized victims slipping between jurisdictional cracks, a growing number of missing and murdered indigenous women are the focus of a...
article Billings is becoming more aware of human trafficking and how to help victims, advocates say
(Montana) -- Advocates at a human trafficking awareness event Thursday said understanding of the problem is growing in Billings. For example, at a family violence...
article Powwow to focus on missing, murdered Native American women
(New Mexico) -- One of the largest annual gatherings of indigenous people in the United States begins Friday in New Mexico, where organizers of the two-day powwow say...

4/24/2019

article Missing indigenous women spotlighted as bill signed
(Washington) -- A growing number of missing and murdered Native American women are the focus of a Washington bill signed into law Wednesday amid concerns the victims...
article MMIWarriors: Women confront violence
(Montana) -- The violence that brutalizes Indigenous people at epidemic levels was recently confronted by a group of women on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning....
article Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women's March Brings Awareness To Wyoming Campus
(Wyoming) -- This Friday, April 26, the Native student group Keepers of the Fire is sponsoring Wyoming's first march in support of missing and murdered Indigenous...

4/23/2019

article Gazette opinion: Montana recognizes missing Native women crisis
(Montana) -- The plight of missing Native American women can no longer be ignored. This crisis of disappearance, death and murder received long overdue attention with...
article Hanna's Act clears final hurdle in Legislature
(Montana) -- A bill known as Hanna’s Act to help efforts to find missing persons survived a legislative roller coaster and passed its third reading Tuesday with a...
article Jordan Marie Daniel ran and prayed for 26 #MMIW names at 26.2 mile Boston Marathon
(Massachusetts) -- She painted a red hand on her face, and she painted big red letters on her legs spelling out MMIW in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women....

4/19/2019

article For sexual assault victims, it's a struggle to just get evidence collected
(Washington) -- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is pushing for more resources for survivors of sexual assault. For the third time, she's sponsoring a bill to...
article Walkers raise awareness of missing, murdered Native women
(Montana) -- A University of Montana student is walking 80 miles (about 130 kilometers) across the Flathead Indian Reservation to raise awareness about missing and...
article #MMIW, #MeToo art show at NSU honors women, survivors
(Oklahoma) -- In conjunction with Northeastern State University’s 47th annual Symposium on the American Indian to “Celebrate Indigenous Women,” the...

4/18/2019

article Hanna’s Act passes final reading in the Senate
(Montana) -- Bills to address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous persons crisis passed the Montana Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 21, “Hanna’s Act”...

4/17/2019

article Exhibit Symbolizes Extent Of Murdered Or Missing Indigenous Women Across North America
(Oregon) -- A traveling exhibit that’s at Lane Community College this week features single-sided earrings. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the unusual...

4/16/2019

article Hanna's Act passes third reading in Senate, set to become law
(Montana) -- After a long and hard-fought battle House Bill 21, or Hannah's Act, has passed the third reading in the senate. House Bill 21 is set to become law after...
article Mosbrucker's latest bill on missing and murdered Native people awaits governor's signature
(Washington) -- A bill to establish a protocol for how Washington law enforcement agencies handle reports of missing Native people passed the Washington Senate and...

4/15/2019

article Missing and murdered Indigenous women's inquiry wages court fight for RCMP files
(British Columbia) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is fighting in court for access to two RCMP files the national police force is...

4/14/2019

article Red Dresses Raise Awareness for Missing, Murdered Native American Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Forty red dresses hang outside of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, a short distance from the U.S. Capitol. They’re...

4/13/2019

article Bills on missing, murdered indigenous women revived, linked in MT Legislature
(Montana) -- Advocates say they’re hopeful that the Montana Legislature will be able to pass a pair of bills addressing what they have called a crisis of missing...
article Montana panel OKs task force on missing Indian women and children
(Montana) -- A bill to help fight an epidemic of missing and murdered American Indian women and children advanced Friday in the Montana House. The House Judiciary...

4/12/2019

article Native American Women Are Facing a Crisis
(Indian Country) -- Native American women and girls are facing an epidemic of violence that is hiding in plain sight. They are being killed or trafficked at rates far...
article Concert to raise awareness for MMIW at Minot State
(North Dakota) -- The topic of missing and murdered indigenous women isn't specific to North Dakota, but it does have a strong connection here.
article 15-year-old Native American girl reported missing in Polson
(Montana) -- A 15-year-old Native American girl has been reported missing in Lake County. According to the Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse, Whisper Littleowl-...

4/11/2019

article US attorney general to see how Alaska tribal courts address violence against women
(Alaska) -- The nation’s attorney general says he’s planning a trip to Alaska in order to witness its tribal courts and how they address violence against...

4/10/2019

article MMIWG inquiry set to present final report in June
(Quebec) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is set to present its final report June 3 in Gatineau, Que. The report comes after...
article Congress trying to find out why Native American women are 10 times more likely to be murdered
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawmakers in Washington are focusing on a shocking statistic: Native American women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than the rest of the...
article Family: Officials won't say how American Indian woman died
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has ruled that medical examiners acted properly in withholding the death report of Olivia Lone Bear,...

4/9/2019

article Why do so many Native American women go missing? Congress aiming to find out
(Washington D.C.) -- Moments after Alyssa McLemore called 911 and asked for help on April 9, 2009, the line went dead. Authorities were unable to trace the exact call...
article Battle ensues in legislature over Hanna's Act
(Montana) -- A back and forth battle in the state legislature has some wondering what's next for Hanna's Act. The bill calls for more cooperation across...
article State Senate Restores Funding For Hanna's Act
(Montana) -- The fate of two bills that could change the way Montana investigates and studies missing persons, especially in cases involving indigenous people, have been...

4/8/2019

article Inside the Fight for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(North America) -- Bridget Perrier had the room frozen. Perrier, an Ojibway activist and cofounder of Sex Trade 101, a Toronto-based organization for survivors of sex...
article Amendments Leave MMIW Bill Toothless, Proponents Say
(Montana) -- Proponents of a proposed Montana bill meant to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women said Monday they now believe that it has been...
article Bill 'doesn't do anything' to help find missing Native people, Montana lawmakers say
(Montana) -- Lawmakers and state agency leadership admitted Monday that legislation named after a murdered Native woman and meant to avoid the circumstances that led to...

4/7/2019

article Searching for an Inuk role model to end violence against women
(Canada) -- Ending violence against women starts with changing the culture of abuse, and an Inuit women's group has launched a novel approach to making that change...
article A missing indigenous woman’s impact is felt in ‘In the Night of Memory’
(Minnesota) -- Early this year the Minnesota House of Representatives heard testimony on bills that would address the huge problem of missing and murdered indigenous...
article Billings powwow, basketball tournament raise awareness for MMIW crisis
(Montana) -- The problem of missing and murdered indigenous women was a major part of the biggest and longest running college powwow in Montana. The 51st annual MSU...

4/3/2019

article Opinion: When you refer to women as 'girls', you rob them of their power
(Nova Scotia) -- A year and a half ago, I had the absolute pleasure and honour of touring with a group of fierce women while we brought the story of a residential school...

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