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Bills Introduced Regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

Representative Ruth Buffalo of Fargo introduced two bills that would require additional training and data collection by law enforcement related to missing and murdered indigenous people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women. The legislation is mirrored after Savanna’s Act, which has been proposed in the U.S. Congress.

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1/21/2019

article Vigil for missing and murdered indigenous women held at UM
(Montana) -- Activists and family members held a candlelight vigil for missing and murdered indigenous women at the University of Montana campus on Saturday. 54 Native...

1/20/2019

article Seattle marchers call for justice for missing and murdered indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- Hundreds of marchers gathered in Occidental Park on Sunday, wearing red and fanning clouds of burning sage, to call for justice for missing and...
article Cold cases heating up again as Yakima County sheriff plans task force
(Washington) -- For more than two decades, relatives of Samantha Rios wondered what happened after she took a taxi to her home in Naches Heights in 1992 and disappeared...

1/19/2019

article Missoula vigil keeps focus on missing and murdered indigenous women
(Montana) -- The cause of missing and murdered indigenous women drew roughly 500 demonstrators to the University of Montana campus Saturday afternoon. They gathered for...

1/17/2019

article 4 Investigates: Rep. Haaland tackling missing Native women crisis
(New Mexico) -- Congresswoman Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, is taking a closer look at why too many Native American women have...
article Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women Sets Tribal Leaders Summit Dates
(New Mexico) -- The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) is excited to once again convene and share space with its sixth annual tribal leadership for...
article Reward doubled for information on missing Meskwaki woman
(Iowa) -- Meskwaki authorities have doubled the reward for information on a missing tribal member who disappeared four years ago. Rita Janelle Papakee was last seen Jan...

1/16/2019

article LAPIER: Moving toward justice: Take action for missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Montana) -- On Dec. 21, 2015, my cousin Lonette Keehner was murdered by two white supremacists in Missoula. It is a day my family will never forget. On the afternoon of...
article Reward for information on missing Meskwaki tribal member increased on anniversary
(Iowa) -- Officials with the Meskwaki Nation said that the reward for information leading to the return of a missing woman was doubled on Wednesday, on the fourth...
article New reward offered for missing person- Rita Jannelle Papakee
(Iowa) -- Four years ago today, on January 16th, 2015, Tribal member Rita Janelle Papakee was last seen at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. She has not been heard from...

1/14/2019

article 'This is one step.' Community gathers to address crisis in reporting, preventing violence for indigenous women
(Washington) -- They already know that stemming the epidemic of missing and murdered Native women is daunting. They are well aware of the grim toll it has taken, because...
article Washington indigenous communities push for action to address violence against women
(Washington) -- As a teenager in Port Angeles, Washington, Kyle Taylor Lucas had grown accustomed to her mother’s frequent disappearances during bouts of drinking...
article Yakama Nation continues to speak up about the Native American Women missing
(Washington) -- Meetings have continued to take place to help gather as much information as possible to understand why hundreds if not thousands of Indigenous women are...

1/13/2019

article Why are Native American women vanishing?
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation, Yakima County and Washington State are not unique in the amount of violence directed at Native American women. Native american women...

1/12/2019

article Healing dance: Jingle dress dancer dedicates performance to missing native women
(South Dakota) -- The sound of jingling metal cones emanated through the University Center Ballroom as Kya-Rae Arthur bopped up and down while performing a jingle dress...

1/10/2019

article Lame Deer Marchers Press For Action On Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women
(Montana) -- Roughly 70 people gathered in Lame Deer Wednesday on what would’ve been Henny Scott’s 15th birthday. Scott’s body was found late last...
article RST Chairman Calls For State Help In Prosecuting Violence Against Native Women
(South Dakota) -- The Chairman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe wants the state to share data and prosecute those who commit violent acts against Native American women.

1/9/2019

article Urban Indigenous Communities Push for Action to Address Violence Against Women
(Washington) -- As a teenager in Port Angeles, Washington, Kyle Taylor Lucas had grown accustomed to her mother’s frequent disappearances during bouts of drinking...
article Tester wants answers from BIA and FBI following Henny Scott’s death
(Washington D.C.) -- The death of a 14-year-old Lame Deer girl has prompted concern and a call for action. U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) released a letter to FBI...
article Walk held in Lame Deer to honor Henny Scott, raise awareness for MMIW
(Montana) -- The Northern Cheyenne community gathered at the Northern Cheyenne Bureau of Indian Affairs at noon on Wednesday to honor Henny Scott, and to raise awareness...
article State lawmaker proposes ways to solve Native American crimes
(North Dakota) -- The first female Native American Democrat elected to the North Dakota state Legislature has proposed two bills intended to help resolve crimes against...

1/8/2019

article Tester demands answers for FBI, BIA response to Montana girl's disappearance
(Washington D.C.) -- Calling it unfathomable that a Native American child could go missing for two weeks before the FBI alerted the public, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is...
article Tester responds to the death of Henny Scott
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Tester demands answers from law enforcement agencies on the delayed response to the disappearance of 14-year-old Henny Scott. Scott was...
article Bills Introduced Regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
(North Dakota) -- Representative Ruth Buffalo of Fargo introduced two bills that would require additional training and data collection by law enforcement related to...
article Bills would require data collection, training on missing, murdered indigenous people
(North Dakota) -- Two bills introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would require law enforcement training and data collection related to missing and murdered...
article At least 24 Native Americans — most of them women — went missing in Montana last year
(Montana) -- Across the Western US, Native American women are falling victim to violence in alarming numbers, officials say. In 2018 alone, more than two dozen Native...
article CWU to host lecture on missing and murdered indigenous women, followed by memorial service
(Washington) -- Central Washington University will highlight the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women this month with a series of presentations and a memorial.

1/7/2019

article Senators calling issue ‘epidemic’ after 24 people — mostly Native American women — go missing in Montana in one year
(Montana) -- Across the Western US, Native American women are falling victim to violence in alarming numbers, officials say. In 2018 alone, more than two dozen Native...
article OP/ED: Two Native women in Congress isn't enough to end the systemic violence Native girls face
(Washington D.C.) -- A shifting power balance on the Capitol — including the first two Native women elected to the House — might change the political...

1/5/2019

article Community turns out to remember, share stories of Henny Scott
(Montana) -- Red was the color on Henny Scott’s dress Saturday and on her mother’s skirt. Red, too, was the color of the glitter that was mixed in with the...
article Police: Disappearance of MT woman now considered a kidnapping
(Montana) -- The Great Falls Police Department on Friday afternoon told MTN News that the disappearance of Brook-Lyn Arrowtopknot last month is now being treated as a...

1/4/2019

article Art Exhibit Raises Awareness on Violence Against Native American Women
(Minnesota) -- An art exhibit dedicated to Native American women affected by violence and human trafficking took place Friday at the Powless Cultural Center. The art...

1/3/2019

article WSP examining cases of missing and murdered Native American women
(Washington) -- The Washington State Patrol is looking into if the state should do more to address a crisis of missing and murdered Native American women. As it stands...

1/2/2019

article Meeting date set to continue discussion on missing and murdered Native women
(Washington) -- A community meeting in Toppenish on the issue of missing Native women in Washington state is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14. The meeting — the...

1/1/2019

article Tribal leader: Girl's death should lead to better response
(Montana) -- A Montana tribal leader says frustration over the death of a teenage girl should be a catalyst for speeding up the response to missing persons reports in...

12/31/2018

article Family and friends march to mourn Northern Cheyenne teen found dead
(Montana) -- Undaunted by near-zero temperatures, close to 100 of Henny Scott’s family, friends and other Northern Cheyenne community members marched Monday in the...

12/30/2018

article On the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, a family and a community respond to death of 14-year-old girl, question authorities
(Montana) -- The conversation outside the Muddy Hall community building on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation quieted Saturday morning at the sight of silver cars in the...

12/29/2018

article Henny Scott found dead near Lame Deer
(Montana) -- KULR-8 has confirmed that the body located in Big Horn County near Muddy Cluster was the body of Henny Scott. Acting President of the Northern Cheyenne...
article Parents confirm body found near Lame Deer is missing 14-year-old girl
(Montana) -- The parents of Henny Scott, Paula Castro and Nathan Stops, confirmed Saturday morning that their 14-year-old daughter's body was found Friday by a...

12/28/2018

article Volunteer search party finds body in Muddy Creek area near Lame Deer
(Montana) -- A body was discovered early Friday evening outside of Lame Deer in the Muddy Creek area by a volunteer search party looking for missing 14-year-old girl...
article 14 months after North Dakota woman was last seen alive, family and tribes await answers
(North Dakota) -- Since her body was found last summer, no new information has been made public about Olivia Lone Bear's disappearance and death. "For me, there...

12/27/2018

article Montana Legislature to take up bills to address missing, murdered Native women
(Montana) -- When state Sen. Susan Webber was younger, in the late 1960s or early 1970s, a well-known woman from her tight-knit neighborhood on the Blackfeet Reservation...
article Meeting set for Toppenish to address missing Native women
(Washington) -- A second Yakima County meeting on missing Native women in Washington has been announced for early 2019. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the event will...

12/26/2018

article Meeting set for Toppenish to address missing Native women
(Washington) -- A second Yakima County meeting on missing Native women in Washington has been announced for early 2019. The event will take place Jan. 14 at Legends...
article Indian girl lost in the man camp
(Montana) -- Ledger artist John Pepion created this piece called, “Indian girl lost in the man camp” while working with environmental and political activist...

12/25/2018

article REVIEW: Senate panel hears of Native women’s deaths, disappearances
(Washington D.C.) -- The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana expressed frustration Wednesday over law enforcement’s initial response to her loved one...
article Woman’s disappearance remains a mystery
(New Mexico) -- In early November, on a wide, dusty, dirt road nestled between two low, rocky hills on Acoma Pueblo, tribal police found 63-year-old Denise Coultas-...

12/23/2018

article Gazette opinion: Find justice for missing Native Americans
(Montana) -- Native Americans account for 1.8 percent of missing persons reports in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database, although they are just 1...

12/21/2018

article Native American community calls for justice for missing, murdered women
(Washington) -- The meeting opened with a prayer as members of the Native American community called for justice for its missing and murdered indigenous women.

12/19/2018

article What is Savanna's Act, the US Law protecting indigenous women that's now in jeopardy?
(Washington D.C.) -- Savanna Greywind was 22-years-old and 8 months pregnant when she was murdered in 2017. In the year since, her story has become the face of the fight...

12/18/2018

article Women Erased: How Washington Has Failed Missing Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Leona LeClair Kinsey often told her daughter, Carolyn DeFord, to never back down. Stand your ground. If someone wants to fight you, fight back. One...
article Indigenous women 'easy prey' for human traffickers
(New Brunswick) -- If you are an Indigenous woman or girl, you have a bull's-eye on your back. That is reality, according to Patty Musgrave, who recently worked with...

12/17/2018

article Senate passes legislation to aid justice for missing and murdered natives
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to aid law enforcement in the location and prosecuting cases of missing and murdered Native American women and girls passed in the senate Dec...
article 'I don't know why someone would want to hurt my baby sister': Aspiring doctor found dead in Winnipeg apartment
(Manitoba) -- Christine Baker said it only took one word from police and she knew her sister had died. Her younger sister, Sheena-Marie Dubois, was found dead inside of...

12/16/2018

article Sitka woman testifies in DC about missing, murdered Alaska Native women
(Alaska) -- When she got to the names of the victims, Patricia Alexander’s voice began to break. Alexander, the co-chair of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida...

12/15/2018

article Crime fight needed on tribal lands
(Minnesota) -- The statistics are appalling. More than a third of Native women are raped in their lifetime and 39 percent are victims of domestic violence. According to...

12/14/2018

article Congress Considers Legislation to Help Tribes Solve Cases of Missing People
(Washington D.C.) -- Ashley Loring-Heavy Runner was last seen running away from a vehicle on a Black Feet reservation highway in June 2017. Her sister Kimberly says the...

12/13/2018

article 'It's open season': Few answers at hearing on missing and murdered
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal law enforcement officials have admitted a "problem" exists in Indian Country -- too many people go missing and are murdered every...
article Senate panel hears of Native women's deaths, disappearances
(Washington D.C.) -- The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana expressed frustration Wednesday over law enforcement's initial response to her loved one'...

12/12/2018

article 'The Loss Is Horrific.' Senate Hears Testimony on Disappeared Native American Women
(Washington D.C.) -- The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana expressed frustration Wednesday over law enforcement’s initial response to her loved one...
article Senators press FBI, BIA for answers to Ashley HeavyRunning Loring's disappearance and the crisis of missing, murdered Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- If her sister’s disappearance had been taken seriously from Day 1, Ashley HeavyRunner Loring would be with her family or her family would have...
article Sister of missing Montana woman speaks at Senate hearing about MMIW crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- In June of 2017, Ashley Loring HeavyRunner went missing. For over a year, her sister Kimberly Loring and other family members and friends have...
article Tribal Leaders Offer a Forceful Reminder That Officials Are Failing Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- In front of a packed house, three Native American women told U.S. senators what everyone in Indian Country knows to be truth: The United States is...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry holds final hearings in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls concludes its evidence gathering activities this week as final submissions from...
article 'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding an oversight hearing on Wednesday to address the "silent crisis" of missing and murdered...
article STATEMENT: Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Good afternoon Chairman Hoeven, Vice Chairman Udall, and members of the committee. I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today to...
article OP/ED: Meaningful legislation for missing, murdered Native Americans
(Montana) -- The U.S. Senate votes unanimously more often than one might think in these hyperpartisan times. Just this month, for instance, it unanimously passed an...

12/11/2018

article Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Get Attention From US Senate Committee
(Washington D.C.) -- Hundreds of Indigenous women go missing under suspicious circumstance every year in North America. A U.S. Senate Committee takes a closer look at...

12/10/2018

article Family of missing Blackfeet woman, Ashley HeavyRunner Loring, taking case to Congress
(Montana) -- A year and six months after her sister disappeared, Kimberly Loring will tell Congress what went wrong in the search, where law enforcement misstepped and...
article Police Criticize Recent Report On Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women
(Utah) -- The Salt Lake City Police Department has criticized a landmark report released last month that found that more than 500 indigenous women have either gone...
article Native American mural celebration focuses on missing and murdered indigenous women
(California) -- “We are still here,” reads the Native American mural at SF State in bold red paint. The mural, debuted in 2009, celebrated the indigenous...

12/7/2018

article U.S. Senate approves measure addressing the epidemic of murdered and missing Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- A Congressional measure aimed at addressing the issue of murdered and missing Native Americans has cleared a legislative hurdle. The proposal, known...
article U.S. Senate Passes Bill Addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at battling the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States, requiring...
article U.S. Senate unanimously approves bill to place more protections on Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- A congressional measure that has interest in Montana as well as many other western states has cleared a hurdle in the process of becoming a bill,...

12/6/2018

article Alaska Native groups ask Dunleavy to investigate missing and murdered indigenous women
(Alaska) -- Several Alaska Native organizations asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday to fund investigations and prosecutions of cases of missing and murdered indigenous...
article Groups to Dunleavy: Fight violence against indigenous women
(Alaska) -- Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says that as a father of three girls, his heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones to violence. Dunleavy made the...
article Native organizations seek funds to investigate murdered, missing Indigenous women
(Alaska) -- It's an alarming statistic that hits close to home — a study by the Urban Indian Health Institute found that Anchorage has the third-highest number...

12/5/2018

article Dying in Silence
(Utah) -- A new report attempts to document the number of indigenous women missing or murdered in 71 cities across the U.S. According to its data, Salt Lake City ranks...
article Salt Lake City Has One of the Highest Cases of Violence Against Native American Women: Native Students at the U Believe it
(Utah) -- In a report released by the Urban Indian Health Institute, Salt Lake City is one of the top 10 cities in the United States to hold one of the highest cases of...

12/3/2018

article Mom-of-3 Found Dead in Kentucky Hotel Room, Suspect Arrested After ‘Acting Strangely’ in Theater
(Kentucky) -- Police in Kentucky have arrested a 32-year-old man after a mother-of-three was found dead in the man’s hotel room. Amanda Dakota Webster, 26, was...

11/30/2018

article Hundreds of women are missing, and no one is looking for them
(Nevada) -- Native American women are one of the most victimized demographics in America today. On reservations, rates of violence can be up to 10 times higher than the...

11/29/2018

article Report: Utah, Salt Lake City Rank High For Crimes Against Indigenous Women
(Utah) -- Utah is among the top 10 states with the most cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and children, according to a recent report by a Native American...
article MMIWG Inquiry: Closing submissions
(Ottawa) -- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hears oral closing submissions of parties with standing in Calgary.

11/28/2018

article Mi'kmaw women prompt last-minute change to First Nations Self Government Summit
(Nova Scotia) -- The First Nations Self Government Summit in Halifax added a talking circle on how First Nations leaders can address the issues of missing and murdered...

11/27/2018

article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry holds hearings in Calgary
(Edmonton) -- Watch live all week here, as the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hears final submissions in Calgary from parties with...
article Red dress photography a form of prayer for Indigenous woman
(North Canada) -- When Mi'kmaq photographer Patricia Bourque goes out for a walk, she takes a red dress with her. Red dresses have become a symbol of missing and...

11/26/2018

article Study: Albuquerque has high rate of missing or murdered Native American women, girls
(New Mexico) -- A new study shows New Mexico has one of the highest rates of missing or murdered Native American women and girls. Urban Indian Health received data from...
article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry holds hearings in Calgary
(Calgary) -- Watch live all week here, as the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls holds hearings in Calgary.
article 'She's with me every step of the way:' B.C. man walks across Canada for missing aunt
(British Columbia) -- Matthew Jefferson has been walking across Canada for nearly six months to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, an...

11/25/2018

article Hundreds of Native American Women are Missing and Not Even Police Records Can Find Them
(Washington) -- Native American women are one of the most victimized demographics in America today. On reservations, rates of violence can be up to 10 times higher than...
article Tracking the violence: Missing or murdered
(New Mexico) -- Out of 71 cities across the country, Albuquerque has one of the highest numbers of urban Native American women and girls who had been reported missing or...
article Ashley Loring still missing as 22nd birthday passes
(Montana) -- Ashley Loring turned 22 years old this month as family members continue to search for her. She was last seen in June of 2017. Loring, who also goes by...

11/24/2018

article At Wapato prayer walk for missing mom, family and friends plead for answers
(Washington) -- Sisters share a special connection, but Cissy Strong Reyes is especially close with her only sister, Rosenda Strong, she said Saturday afternoon. Reyes’...

11/23/2018

article Senator Tester on the Murder Rate of Native American Women
(Montana) -- Indigenous women are going missing at alarming rates and Montana senator Jon Tester wants answers. Native American women are murdered at a rate ten times...

11/22/2018

article Editorial: Report shows media must improve coverage of indigenous people
(Washington) -- Law enforcement agencies nationwide were rightly criticized last week for a decades-long practice of not adequately identifying or reporting cases of...

11/21/2018

article A New Study on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Highlights Challenges
(Washington) -- An alarming number of Indigenous women and girls disappear or are murdered each year. The absence of consistent, standardized reporting on the issue has...
article U of S student urges boycott of Regina hotel, in support of MMIWG
(Saskatchewan) -- Nearly four years after a woman died from injuries sustained at a Regina hotel, a University of Saskatchewan student is pressing people to take action...
article Protest in support of Cassidy Bernard shuts down Canso Causeway
(Nova Scotia) -- Friends, family and community members marched across Nova Scotia's Canso Causeway on Wednesday to call attention to missing and murdered Indigenous...
article Cortez Masto bill targets crimes against Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- Violent crime against Native American women is at a crisis level, and the federal government’s response to it is failing, Sen. Catherine...

11/19/2018

article Missing and Murdered Native American Women and Girls – The Data Tracking Crisis
(Washington) -- A new report aims to shine a light on the nation’s woefully inadequate data on missing and murdered Native American and Alaska Native women and...
article Montana view: Native American women deserve justice
(Montana) -- Missing and murdered Native American women deserve justice. That, in brief, is the urgency behind Savanna’s Act — legislation that has been...

11/18/2018

article Calls to end violence against indigenous women get louder
(Montana) -- Jermain Charlo has been missing for five months. She was last seen in Missoula in June. Efforts to find out what happened to her are ongoing, and she isn...
article ‘Say her name’: Missing, murdered indigenous women report hits close to home
(Washington) -- On Sunday, dozens rallied in Suquamish to mourn the loss of a local tribal member who went missing in April 2017. Jessica Santos was found dead a week...

11/17/2018

article Study: Numbers of missing, murdered indigenous women underreported
(North Dakota) -- A new study warns that available numbers for indigenous women and girls in the United States who go missing or are victims of murder seriously...
article Report Finds Seattle Has Most Missing And Murdered Native Women
(Washington) -- More than 500 Native American women have disappeared or been murdered in U.S. cities, many since the year 2000, according to a new report from Seattle’s...

11/16/2018

article Violence burdens ‘bone and skin’: Indigenous women run in prayer to outpace pain
(Arizona) -- The sun rose into a violet-tinted sky as dozens of O’odham and Piipaash women prepared to leave for the last leg of a 53-mile journey spent in prayer...
article Senate committee moves missing and murdered natives bill forward
(Washington D.C.) -- The reporting, investigating and addressing missing and murdered Native Americans could start seeing improvement if Senate Bill 1942, named “...

11/15/2018

article New report highlights flaws in police data on missing, murdered indigenous women and girls
(Washington) -- A new report points to a troubling lack of quality data about missing and murdered indigenous women, underscoring long-running concerns about...
article Police In Many U.S. Cities Fail To Track Murdered, Missing Indigenous Women
(Washington) -- It sounds like a simple question for a police department. How many Native American women have gone missing or been murdered in a given city? In Seattle,...
article Re-victimized by authorities? Indigenous women’s murders simply disappear, study finds
(Washington) -- Hundreds of Native American women have been murdered or have gone missing over the years, and their fate remains a mystery as authorities are appallingly...
article Report ID's 506 cases of murdered, missing Indigenous women
(Washington) -- A new study, done on a shoestring budget, has identified 506 cases of murdered or missing Indigenous women in 71 urban areas of 29 states, exposing...
article Report: Tacoma has large number of missing, murdered Native American women
(Washington) -- A snapshot of data from 71 U.S. cities identified 506 cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In a report released by the Urban Indian...
article Filmmakers focus on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Montana) -- Since January of this year, 30 Indigenous women have gone missing in Montana. That’s according to Blackfeet filmmakers Ivy and Ivan MacDonald,...

11/14/2018

article Lack of data cited in wave of missing, murdered Native women, report says
(New Mexico) -- Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns...
article Urban Indian Health report identifies 506 urban Missing & Murdered Women, Girls
(Washington D.C.) -- Researchers have looked at the data from 71 U.S. cities and have identified 506 cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIW /...
article You Probably Never Heard About These 500 Missing And Murdered Women
(USA) -- At least 506 indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been killed in 71 American cities — including more than 330 since 2010 — the Urban...
article Yakama woman killed in 2003 among victims identified in study
(Washington) -- Sandra Smiscon, a Yakama Nation citizen killed in a random act of gun violence in Seattle in 2003, is among the hundreds of missing and murdered...
article Murder third leading cause of death for Native women, new report shows
(Alaska) -- Murder is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women. In a survey, Alaska ranked fourth for the high number of missing or...

11/13/2018

article Photography student sends message about MMIWG using Canadian flag
(Ontario) -- A photography student from Beausoleil First Nation in Ontario is hoping to bring awareness to murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada...

11/10/2018

article Special Report: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
(South Dakota) -- Red dresses swayed quietly in the wind as they hung across the door step of the Racing Magpie art studio in Rapid City on May 5, 2018. But, they weren...

11/9/2018

article Democracy Now: Deb Haaland promises action on missing and murdered sisters
(New Mexico) -- Two Native American women have made history in the midterms, becoming the nation’s first Native congresswomen. Democrat Sharice Davids won the 3rd...

11/6/2018

article Grandfather of Ashley McKay calls for forgiveness at Thunder Bay vigil
(Ontario) -- Candles, set in rows, flickered in their plastic cups atop a cardboard box on the sidewalk outside an apartment building in Thunder Bay, Ont., Tuesday...

11/5/2018

article Group not giving up in search for missing Dixon woman
(Montana) -- MTN News recently confirmed with law enforcement that “persons of interest” have been identified in the search for Jermain Charlo. The Native...

11/2/2018

article Momentum builds after Yakima meeting on missing Native women
(Washington) -- Organizers hope to have another meeting soon in Yakima County about missing Native women in Washington state. Nearly 300 people attended a meeting this...

11/1/2018

article Missing, but not forgotten: Fargo library art exhibit tells story of missing indigenous women
(North Dakota) -- It's a shared grief in Indian Country, women who are missing or have been murdered. "Once you start talking about it, it comes up so naturally...
article This Photographer Is Shining a Light on the Dignity of Indigenous Women
(Washington) -- Indigenous women face disproportionate levels of violence. 84 percent of them experience some form of violence during their lifetimes, and one study...

10/30/2018

article 'We want actions taken' — emotions run high at meeting on missing Native women
(Arizona) -- Introducing himself before a meeting Monday on the issue of missing Native women in Washington state, Craig Bill mentioned the main reason for the gathering...
article 'We want actions taken' — emotions run high at meeting on missing Native women
(Washington) -- Introducing himself before a meeting Monday on the issue of missing Native women in Washington state, Craig Bill mentioned the main reason for the...

10/28/2018

article 'Healing through dance': evocative ballet adaptation honours missing and murdered Indigenous women
(New Brunswick) -- An annual campaign that honours missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and their families in Fredericton, N.B., includes a spin on a ballet...

10/27/2018

article Group walks miles to remember missing Native American women
(Arizona) -- A more than 100-mile (160-kilometer) walk along a Navajo Nation highway that sought to raise awareness of domestic violence and cases of missing and...

10/25/2018

article 94% of Indigenous Women in Seattle Have Experienced Sexual Violence. We Need To Tell Their Stories.
(Washington) -- As a result of colonialism, data has been gathered for us and about us that was actually never for us. Abigail Echo-Hawk came across an unpublished study...
article Yukon appeals court upholds order for inquest into death of Cynthia Blackjack
(North Canada) -- The Court of Appeal of Yukon has upheld a lower court order that an inquest be held into the 2013 death of Carmacks, Yukon, resident Cynthia Blackjack...

10/23/2018

article Monday meeting on issue of missing Native women taking place in Yakima
(Washington) -- A meeting Monday afternoon on the issue of missing Native women in Washington state will take place in Yakima. The meeting hosted by Washington State...

10/20/2018

article Montreal all-girls school honours missing and murdered Indigenous women with dress project
(Montreal) -- When a group of Grade 7 students in Christianne Loupelle's science class at Trafalgar School for Girls started the last school year, the majority knew...
article A mile in her moccasins: Annual healing walk raises awareness on MMIWG
(New Brunswick) -- More than 50 people gathered today to "walk a mile in her moccasins" as part of the annual Red Shawl campaign to raise awareness on missing...
article Walk focuses on missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Arizona) -- As John Tsosie walked along Navajo Route 13 here on Thursday, he carried a sign that states, "Remembering those that are missing" and depicts a...

10/19/2018

article A mile in her moccasins: Annual healing walk raises awareness on MMIWG
(New Brunswick) -- More than 50 people gathered today to "walk a mile in her moccasins" as part of the annual Red Shawl campaign to raise awareness on missing...

10/18/2018

article Moosehide Campaign holds 3rd national gathering in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- In an effort to raise awareness about violence against Indigenous women and children, people from across the country are participating in the Moosehide...

10/16/2018

article Missing Native women to be focus of Oct. 29 meeting in Toppenish
(Washington) -- A meeting in Toppenish on Oct. 29 will address the issue of missing Native women in Washington state. The meeting hosted by Washington State Patrol Capt...
article Sex trade to come under scrutiny at missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry
(Ottawa) -- Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is expected to focus attention Tuesday on the sex trade. Among those scheduled to...

10/12/2018

article On the Trail of Missing American Indian Women
(USA) -- On a Friday morning in May, Lissa Yellowbird-Chase woke up to more Facebook messages than she could hope to answer. Her inbox was full of friends, acquaintances...

10/11/2018

article More than 100 MMIWG cases listed since Trudeau took office, group says
(Alberta) -- The day before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was sworn into office, Janel Squirrel was found dead in the basement of a rooming house in Calgary.

10/5/2018

article Sisters in Spirit aims to give voice to the voiceless MMIWG
(British Columbia) -- In February 1993, Theresa Umphrey's body was found in the ditch on the side of a British Columbia logging road. She had been murdered. She was...

10/4/2018

article 'Somewhere, this needs to stop': MMIWG families call for justice at Manitoba Legislature
(Manitoba) -- Standing by a gruesome 1994 front-page photo of her slain mother's body, Kim Geswein made a call for justice Thursday. "She was a kind woman...
article A colourful tribute / Indigenous women gather for their missing and murdered sisters
(Prince Edward Island) -- Red, white and black paint dots Styrofoam plates while a dozen women sit around a table in Lennox Island, P.E.I., canvases in hand. It may look...

10/3/2018

article 'Tina Fontaine is that direct link' between MMIWG, child welfare system, advocate says at inquiry hearing
(Manitoba) -- An advocate for First Nations children says the death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine proves the "direct link" between the child welfare system and...

10/2/2018

article Police confirm identity of woman found dead at recycling depot
(Manitoba) -- Police have confirmed the woman found in recycling at a depot in a Winnipeg industrial area Friday evening is Mary Madeline Yellowback.​​
article Child welfare system 'eats up' Indigenous kids, family advocate tells MMIW inquiry
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba First Nations children's advocate says the child welfare system "eats up" Indigenous children and is designed to keep their...

10/1/2018

article Child welfare system 'eats up' Indigenous kids, family advocate tells MMIW inquiry
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba First Nations children's advocate says the child welfare system "eats up" Indigenous children and is designed to keep their...
article South Carolina ranked one of the deadliest states for women
(South Carolina) -- South Carolina is once again ranking among the nation’s deadliest states for women. According to the Violence Policy Center’s When Men...
article Child welfare system 'eats up' Indigenous kids, family advocate tells MMIW inquiry
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba First Nations children's advocate says the child-welfare system is designed to keep Indigenous families at a disadvantage. Cora Morgan,...
article Direct link between MMIWG and child welfare: First Nations family advocate
(Manitoba) -- There's a causal relationship between the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women and the child welfare system, Manitoba's First Nations...

9/29/2018

article Mapping the Missing: Cartographer Plots Disappeared Native Women
(Washington) -- Ashley Loring Heavyrunner disappeared from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana in June 2017, one of thousands of indigenous women recorded missing in...

9/28/2018

article 'We haven't done enough:' grief along the Highway of Tears 1 year after MMIWG inquiry hearings
(British Columbia) -- One year after the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls made its stop in the northern B.C. community of Smithers,...
article Running in Honor of Domestic Violence Victims for CSVANW’s 3rd Annual #IWillRunForHer Run/Walk
(New Mexico) -- Giving voice to victims and survivors of domestic violence, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) will host its 3rd Annual #...

9/27/2018

article Senators want to step up investigations of missing or abused Native women
(Nebraska) -- Two Nebraska state senators who have teamed on other Native issues and projects will introduce a bill in January to investigate missing Native women and...
article Shockingly High Rate of Missing Native Americans in Montana
(Montana) -- The issue of missing Native American women from Montana has provoked research by the Department of Justice that could lead to changes in the next...

9/25/2018

article UM focuses on missing, murdered indigenous women at American Indian Heritage event
(Montana) -- The University of Montana has five days of events to recognize American Indian heritage. Wednesday’s focus was on missing and murdered indigenous women.

9/24/2018

article BLOG: It's Legal to Rape Native American Women in America
(USA) -- Rape. Murder. Injustice. Those evils created the necessity for the American Indian Movement, as in the case of "the serial killings of American Indian...

9/23/2018

article Letter: Need to turn attention to missing Native American women
(Washington) -- Every year thousands of women disappear in America without a trace and little is said or done about it. Is this because of racism? I ask this question...

9/22/2018

article Editorial: Justice must be served in cases of missing, murdered Native American women
(Washington) -- What is so searing, so emotionally wrought, for the families of murdered or missing Native American women is the not knowing. Not knowing if the loved...

9/20/2018

article 'How many broken lives will it take?': Scholar recommends overhaul of justice system at MMIWG inquiry
(Quebec) -- A Université Laval professor is calling on the federal government to completely rethink its administration of justice, which is "imposing a white...
article Family of Jessica Patrick ask community to gather on Highway 16 as body brought home
(British Columbia) -- Family and friends of Jessica Patrick, an 18-year-old whose body was found near Smithers, B.C. two days ago, are asking community members to gather...
article RCMP investigation into Amber Tuccaro's disappearance 'deficient,' report says
(Alberta) -- The family of murdered woman Amber Tuccaro says an independent federal review confirms what they having been saying from the outset about the RCMP...

9/19/2018

article Candlelight vigil for missing and murdered women
(North Dakota) -- On the morning of Sept. 11, while working in the NoMa area, I happened to meet two Native American women who bought a newspaper from me. Some...
article Remains Of Missing Flathead Woman Found In North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- The remains of a woman from the Flathead Reservation who’s been missing since last October have been identified by a North Dakota sheriff’s...
article Woman found dead in Dunn County first reported missing in N.D. in late 2017
(North Dakota) -- A Montana woman whose remains were recently found in rural Dunn County was reported missing in McKenzie County in November 2017, authorities said...
article Advocates for incarcerated women renew calls to ban strip searches in Canadian prisons
(Quebec) -- Strip-searching female inmates in Canadian prisons amounts to "institutionalized violence against women," Kassandra Churcher, the executive...

9/18/2018

article More Than 1,800 Women Murdered by Men in One Year, New Study Finds
(Washington D.C.) -- More than 1,800 women were murdered by men in 2016 and the most common weapon used was a gun, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC)...
article First steps taken to count missing, murdered Yakama women and girls
(Washington) -- She may have been feeding her young daughter and infant when the men walked up to her home while her husband was away. She may have been working outside...
article Mining, energy projects near Indigenous communities undermine womens' safety, experts tell MMIWG inquiry
(Quebec) -- Energy and mining projects in remote parts of Canada jeopardize the safety of Indigenous women and their families living there, human rights workers...
article Alaska Leads Nation in Rate of Women Murdered by Men
(Alaska) -- Alaska ranked first in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 3.40 per 100,000, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC)...

9/17/2018

article Indigenous policing, justice take centre stage at this week's MMIWG hearings in Quebec City
(Quebec) -- Police chiefs, criminologists and human rights activists are among the witnesses who will speak in Quebec City this week, over five days of hearings at the...

9/16/2018

article A process of healing: Woman creates extensive MMIWG database
(Northwest Territories) -- What started as a basic search for numbers on missing and murdered Indigenous women has changed the path of one woman's life. Annita...
article RCMP unable to confirm link to missing Indigenous woman after human remains found in Smithers, B.C.
(British Columbia) -- RCMP announced Sunday morning it is working with the B.C. Coroners Service to identify human remains found in the Smithers area in Northern British...

9/15/2018

article ‘This is real’: First steps taken to count missing, murdered Yakama women and girls
(Washington) -- She may have been feeding her young daughter and infant when the men walked up to her home while her husband was away. She may have been working outside...
article 'Time's up': Powerful words from MMIWG commissioner close out Iqaluit hearing
(Nunavut) -- A passionate speech from one of the commissioners of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, challenging non-Indigenous...
article Native American Woman Has Been Looking For Her Missing Sister For A Year
(Montana) -- A 20-year-old Native American woman went missing more than a year ago. When the police offered no help, her sister decided to lead the search herself.

9/14/2018

article BLOG: The Epidemic Of Violence Against Native Women We Aren’t Talking About Enough
(USA) -- If we have a decent grasp of U.S. history and even a modicum of social awareness, we know that colonization has made life difficult for Native Americans since...

9/13/2018

article Day 4 of MMIWG inquiry in Iqaluit
(Nunavut) -- Thursday is the fourth and final day of testimony in the Iqaluit hearing of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. After...

9/12/2018

article EDITORIAL: Demand justice for missing, murdered Native American women
(Montana) -- Are they dead? Who hurt them? Where are they? All we know for certain is that a disproportionate number of Native American women are missing. In some cases...
article Washington vigil offers prayers for missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- More than two hundred people gathered Tuesday night for a vigil and prayers remembering missing and murdered Indigenous women at the National Museum...

9/11/2018

article HOPKINS: When Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Hits Home
(North Dakota) -- Olivia Lone Bear, a 33-year-old member of the Spirit Lake Tribe, lived among relatives on the oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. On July 31,...
article Missing in Indian country: Why are Native American women vanishing?
(Montana) -- The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It’s blistering hot...
article 5 important stories that have nothing to do with the White House
(Washington D.C.) -- These days it can be hard to keep up with the stories in your newsfeed. We take a moment each week to look at what’s happening outside of the...
article Day 2 of MMIWG hearings in Iqaluit
(Nunavut) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is continuing Tuesday in Iqaluit. Survivors and families won't be testifying...

9/10/2018

article The High Rate Of Sexual Assault Of Native American Women
(USA) -- The number of women who report being sexually assaulted in America are surprising enough. But the numbers are shockingly high for Native American women.
article Loss of Inuit culture highlighted at MMIWG inquiry in Iqaluit
(Nunavut) -- Inuit life, culture and healing — both past and present — dominated the discussion on the first day of hearings in Iqaluit for the federal...
article Systemic issues take centre stage at MMIWG inquiry in Iqaluit
(Nunavut) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has touched down in Iqaluit, where commissioners will hear from knowledge keepers...

9/9/2018

article Thousands Of Indigenous Women Are Missing & There's Been No Way To Track Them — Until Now
(Canada) -- In Canada, a determined Ph.D. student has created a database of missing Indigenous women and girls from the United States and Canada. The project aims to...
article Dash cam footage may show First Nation woman’s last steps before death
(British Columbia) -- It’s the clues from total strangers that Dolly Martel clings to, trying to piece together the last few days her niece was alive. A video...

9/8/2018

article Feds, state lawmakers propose new ways to help Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal and state lawmakers have proposed or adopted a series of measures designed to address the problem of missing and murdered Native American...
article Legislative proposals address the issue of missing people in Montana
(Montana) -- A Montana legislative committee has advanced several proposals to address the issue of missing people, especially women, in Indian Country. On Friday, the...

9/7/2018

article Legislative proposals address the issue of missing people in Montana
(Montana) -- A Montana legislative committee has advanced several proposals to address the issue of missing people, especially women, in Indian Country. On Friday, the...
article Death and Disappearance: Lawmakers seek answers for why Native American women vanish
(Montana) -- The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It’s blistering hot...

9/5/2018

article #NotInvisible: Missing and murdered Native American women
(Montana) -- At the end of 2017, Native Americans and Alaska Natives made up 1.8 percent of ongoing missing cases in the FBI's National Crime Information Center...
article Why are Native American women vanishing? And who’s looking for them?
(Montana) -- The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It’s blistering hot...

9/4/2018

article Haunting stories behind missing posters of Native women
(USA) -- Leona LeClair Kinsey was a fiercely independent woman who could go pheasant hunting, serve the bird for dinner, then take the leftover feathers and turn them...
article #NotInvisible: Why are Native American women vanishing?
(Montana) -- The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It’s blistering hot...
article Feds, state lawmakers propose new ways to help Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal and state lawmakers have proposed or adopted a series of measures designed to address the problem of missing and murdered Native American...

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