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Guest View: Senate should reconsider Hanna's Act

“It’s not an Indian Reservation issue. It‘s not a state issue. It’s a human issue.” Those were the words of fellow Northern Cheyenne and retired Judge John Robinson when speaking of the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis plaguing not only our state but North America.

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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...
article Senate Bill Pushes The Feds To Focus On Violence Against Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation Wednesday to make the federal government step up its response to the largely overlooked crisis...

4/2/2019

article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women March Planned for Friday, April 5
(Montana) -- A Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s march is planned for this Friday, April 5, 2019 in Billings, Montana. The march is being organized by the...

3/31/2019

article Guest View: Senate should reconsider Hanna's Act
(Montana) -- “It’s not an Indian Reservation issue. It‘s not a state issue. It’s a human issue.” Those were the words of fellow Northern...
article American Indian Council Powwow highlights MMIW crisis: “When is it going to stop?”
(Montana) -- The 44th Annual American Indian Council Powwow continued Saturday at Montana State University, and this year, the theme of the powwow hit home—...

3/30/2019

article Missing persons bill gets another chance
(Montana) -- A stalled bill meant to help missing persons investigations in Montana has been revived. The measure passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday...
article MMIW activist taking 80-mile walk for missing Jermain Charlo
(Montana) -- For the third time, a 19-year-old woman is making an 80-mile journey on foot to raise awareness for the missing and murdered Indigenous women movement....

3/29/2019

article Hanna's Act — aimed at investigating missing, murdered Natives cases — revived
(Montana) -- The state Senate Judiciary committee reversed itself Friday and moved to advance House Bill 21, more commonly known as Hanna’s Act, to the Senate...
article U.S. Senate passes resolution honoring contributions of Native women
(Montana) -- The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Friday honoring the contributions of Native women across the nation. H.Res. 173 recognizes and celebrates the heritage,...
article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s march planned
(Montana) -- On Friday, April 5, the Montana State University Billings Native American Achievement Center is partnering with Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders, the Native...
article 'It Surfaces With The Same Rawness': A Daughter Remembers Her Mother's Disappearance
(Oregon) -- It's been 20 years since Carolyn DeFord, a member of the Puyallup tribe, last saw her mother, Leona Kinsey in La Grande, Ore. DeFord was raised by Kinsey...

3/28/2019

article Funding, investigators' familiarity complicate missing, murdered Natives cases, panelists say
(Montana) -- On the Northern Cheyenne reservation, a re-established volunteer fire department is one possible inroad to the problem of missing and murdered indigenous...
article Advocates Begin Third Annual Trek For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women
(Montana) -- Advocates of missing and murdered indigenous women set off on a four-day trek in northwest Montana Thursday to raise awareness for the disproportionate...
article Walkers cross Flathead reservation to raise awareness of missing, murdered Native women
(Montana) -- Neither clouds, nor cold, nor semi-trucks deterred Marita Growing Thunder from starting a roughly 80-mile walk Thursday morning. Sixteen other marchers...
article Walking for Jermain Charlo
(Montana) -- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) activist and University of Montana student, Marita Growing Thunder, will be walking 80 miles across...
article Little Shell Tribe hosts workshop to identify issues facing Indigenous girls
(Montana) -- Tribal representatives from across Montana gathered in Great Falls on Wednesday to help engage young women in their communities. The Little Shell Tribe...

3/27/2019

article Billings-based tribal council urges action from governor after missing indigenous people bill fails
(Montana) -- In the absence of action from the Montana Legislature, a Billings-based group representing Native American tribes in the state is requesting the governor...
article Walking For Jermain Charlo: Honoring, Healing and Awareness Through Physical Sacrifice
(Montana) -- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) activist and University of Montana Student, Marita Growing Thunder will be walking 80 miles across...

3/26/2019

article Bill sets up tribal network to find missing indigenous people
(Montana) -- A state senator has proposed a bill that he said would create an online network that would connect tribal communities posting notices of missing indigenous...

3/25/2019

article Attempt to save missing, murdered indigenous women with 'Hanna's Act' ends with tie vote
(Montana) -- A state Senate panel defeated a bill Monday that is among a package of legislation dealing with missing and murdered indigenous women and children,...
article Hanna's Act, which would create a specialist to work on Montana's missing persons cases, defeated
(Montana) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee, on a tied 5-5 vote, defeated a bill that would have established Hanna's Act, named for a Native woman who was missing...
article Bill addressing missing and murdered indigenous persons signed into law
(South Dakota) -- A bill designed to address the problem of missing and murdered indigenous persons has been signed into law. Gov. Noem signed Senate Bill 164 last week...
article COMMENTARY: Our ‘disappeareds’: Minnesota must examine issue of missing Indian women
(Minnesota) -- I went to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in January. It was lovely to escape from Minnesota to the Southern Hemisphere’s sunshine and long summer days....
article Researcher discusses importance of data for missing, murdered Native women
(Montana) -- As Annita Lucchesi began researching violence against Native American women, she hit a problem. “The more I looked, the messier it got,” the...
article Montana powwows dedicated to missing, murdered indigenous people
(Montana) -- Walter Runsabove has been to hundreds of powwows in his lifetime, every year since he was born. His family traveled all over the U.S. to celebrate dance,...
article Montana's annual powwows turn focus to missing, murdered indigenous people
(Montana) -- Walter Runsabove has been to hundreds of powwows in his lifetime, every year since he was born. His family traveled all over the U.S. to celebrate dance,...

3/23/2019

article Red dresses highlight violence against indigenous women
(Washington) -- An exhibition of 35 red dresses at a museum in Washington, DC, is highlighting crimes against Native American women. They are 10 times more likely to be...

3/22/2019

article North Dakota lawmakers pass bill allowing training for missing, slain Native American cases
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Legislature has passed a bill that would require more law enforcement training related to missing and slain Native Americans. Senators...
article Lack of police co-operation 'slowed' work for MMIWG inquiry, says chief commissioner
(Ottawa) -- Some police services, including the RCMP, were unco-operative when it came to handing over files to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous...
article "We are here proudly having another gathering of survivors, which is survivor-led, survivor-run"
(North Canada) -- Indigenous women who have lived through sexual exploitation and trafficking have come together this week to share their stories, in hopes that it will...

3/21/2019

article Vanishing Act: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Arizona) -- Last Wednesday, the Arizona House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 2570, which intends to create the first study committee on violence...
article Empty dresses spotlight N. American violence 'epidemic' against native women
(Washington D.C.) -- Dozens of empty red dresses sway in the wind at the foot of Capitol Hill, reminding passersby of the thousands of native women recorded murdered or...
article National Museum of the American Indian hosts 'Safety for Our Sisters' symposium
(Washington D.C.) -- A symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will help draw attention to efforts to protect Native women from...

3/20/2019

article Dakotas Tribes Seek More Crime-Fighting Help From Feds
(North Dakota) -- American Indian reservations in the Dakotas need more resources and cooperation from the federal government to combat crime and improve safety, tribal...
article A matter of 'life and blood': REDress Project seeks to highlight violence against Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- The red dresses hang from barren branches and flutter in the chilly spring air. One looks like it's meant to be worn to the office. Another...
article Red dresses displayed around American Indian museum to memorialize missing, murdered native women
(Washington D.C.) -- The Smithsonian says that 35 red dresses in different shapes and sizes have been hung around the National Museum of the American Indian to...

3/19/2019

article Witness who found woman dead on Thunder Bay bike path says she appeared to have been beaten
(Ontario) -- A woman found dead on a bike trail known as the "black path" in Thunder Bay early Tuesday morning appeared to have been badly beaten, according to...

3/17/2019

article Advocates call on Congress for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation Missing Persons founder Meskee Yatsayte wakes up every morning, scours social media for missing Indigenous people and begins...

3/16/2019

article Red dresses flutter, empty, on the National Mall, and this is why they should haunt us
(Washington D.C.) -- One resembles a prom dress, embellished with lace and flowers. Another has a collar and A-line flow that makes it perfect for brunch or a casual...

3/15/2019

article In the galleries: Hanging garments symbolize violence against indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- Red is bold and direct, and yet complex. It can express vitality but also violence. Métis artist Jaime Black intended both readings when she hung...
article Lawmakers send MMIW task force bill to governor
(New Mexico) -- A bill to create a task force to examine the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women received support from the New Mexico Senate on Thursday....
article Advocates call for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Missing Persons founder Meskee Yatsayte wakes up every morning, scours social media for missing indigenous people and begins contacting...
article Bipartisan pair addressing missing and murdered indigenous women
(Washington) -- A bipartisan pair of lawmakers are having success with new legislation to address the large number of missing and murdered Native American women. It'...
article Hearing addresses missing Indigenous women crisis
(Washington) -- The issue of violence against Indigenous women is not a new one in the United States, or in Oklahoma, but it has recently started gaining notice at the...

3/14/2019

article House hearing addresses ‘crisis’ of missing, murdered indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- The issue of violence against indigenous women is not a new one, but it has recently started gaining greater notice at the federal level.
article Rep. Haaland addresses Congress on epidemic of missing, endangered indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Deb Haaland addressed Congress Thursday morning on the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. On reservations, American Indian...
article Province seeking information on 17 youth at risk of dying cited in Fontaine report
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government wants to find out what's happening with the 17 children at risk of imminent danger cited in a scathing report that chronicles...
article Action needed following Tina Fontaine report: FN advocate
(Manitoba) -- An Indigenous organization says more investments need to be made at the grassroots level. This comes after Manitoba’s children’s advocate says there are...

3/13/2019

article Bill to help track murdered, missing women passes
(Washington) -- Legislation by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker to further investigations of missing and murdered indigenous women and other indigenous persons gained unanimous...

3/12/2019

article 'They're finally listening to tribes': Bill focused on missing, murdered indigenous women moves to Senate
(Arizona) -- Debbie Nez Manuel’s mother went missing when she was 3 years old. “We eventually found her and were able to bury her,” Manuel said....
article House Lawmakers Unanimously Call For Committee On Violence Against Native Women
(Arizona) -- The Arizona House of Representatives unanimously voted to form a committee addressing violence against Native American women. American Indian women are...
article ‘Historical trauma’: Native communities grapple with missing and murdered women
(Arizona) -- One day they were there and the next they weren’t. No one talked about the Native women and girls who simply disappeared. April Ignacio knew they...
article 'Not enough has changed': Advocate calls for action before more children die like Tina Fontaine
(Manitoba) -- Tina Fontaine didn't get a single counselling session before her death, despite ongoing recommendations for mental health support and requests from her...

3/11/2019

article Bill on missing, murdered indigenous women unanimously passes Arizona house
(Arizona) -- Arizona could soon form a task force to tackle the subject of missing and murdered indigenous women in Arizona. A bill to do just that passed the state...
article Tiny girl, big movement
(Ottawa) -- First you hear the giggles. Then a pair of skinny legs appear, precariously balanced on a wooden patio railing. The girl is wearing just a T-shirt and a...
article Daughter of woman who died after being found beaten in Whiteclay sues for negligence
(Nebraska) -- The daughter of a Porcupine woman who died in 2016 after being found beaten in Whiteclay, Neb., is suing the federal government government, alleging that...
article Red Dresses Hung Outside DC Museum Mark Violence Against Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- For all of Women's History Month, red dresses will hang outside the National Museum of the American Indian to draw attention to violence against...

3/10/2019

article When government fails, indigenous women take their search for missing loved ones online
(Montana) -- The relative silence over the disappearance of two Native American women was Deborah Maytubee-Shipman’s call to action. It was 2014. Maytubee-Shipman...
article ‘It could be me’: Native American teen teaches self-defense to keep indigenous kids safe
(Arizona) -- With kicks, blocks and twists of the wrist, 16-year-old Kylie Hunts-in-Winter is teaching Native American boys and girls to stay safe. Her defense classes...

3/9/2019

article Murkowski helps introduce resolution honoring indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- March is Women's History Month, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is helping to introduce a resolution honoring indigenous women. The resolution, co-...

3/8/2019

article House subcommittee schedules hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is holding its second hearing of the 116th Congress and the topic is a pressing...
article Travelling exhibition paying tribute to missing, murdered Indigenous women makes final stop in Montreal
(Quebec) -- For Nadine St-Louis, marking International Women's Day means recognizing Indigenous women's leadership, as well as their hardships, trauma and...

3/6/2019

article House unanimously approves Mosbrucker’s missing and murdered indigenous persons bill
(Washington) -- Legislation by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker to further investigations of missing and murdered indigenous women and other indigenous persons gained unanimous...

3/4/2019

article ‘Historical trauma’: Native communities grapple with missing and murdered women
(Arizona) -- One day they were there and the next they weren’t. No one talked about the Native women and girls who simply disappeared. April Ignacio knew they...

3/3/2019

article Canada’s Shameful Highway of Tears
(Canada) -- Judicial Watch hit a nerve with our investigation of the scandalous rate of murders and assaults inflicted upon Native American and Alaska Native women....
article Navajo Nation leaders back MMIW task force proposal
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation leaders are backing a proposal to create a task force to examine the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women in New Mexico. The Naa...
article Family renews plea for clues 3 years after woman vanished from Manitoba First Nation
(Manitoba) -- Three years after her daughter vanished after a night out visiting friends, Evelyn Chartrand is still looking for answers, and for her daughter, Lorlene...

3/2/2019

article Native Women Make up High Number of Missing Person Reports
(Montana) -- Shacaiah Harding had been living on the streets of Billings, off and on, for most of the last spring and summer, when her family realized no one had seen or...
article N.M. Senate backs study on Native American deaths, disappearances
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Senate has voted unanimously in support of creating a task force to study how the state should address the deaths and disappearances of...
article Missing, murdered, unexplained: Sudbury author tells 7 local women's stories
(Sudbury) -- Sudburian Sarah May said she got the idea of writing a book about seven local women who were murdered, are missing or whose deaths are unexplained after...

3/1/2019

article Missing Native American women bill passes in Legislature
(Nebraska) -- A bill to help Nebraska policymakers identify the number of missing-person cases involving Native American women has won final approval in the Legislature...
article State Senate backs study on Native deaths, disappearances
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Senate has voted unanimously in support of creating a task force to study how the state should address the deaths and disappearances of...

2/28/2019

article MURDERED & MISSING but not forgotten
(Minnesota) -- Over 1,200 people braved the winter weather to march for missing and murdered Indigenous women on Feb. 14, 2019. Twenty-nine-year-old Amber Brunelle, who...

2/27/2019

article Dancing in Red: Yakama Nation Tribal School student organizes event to honor missing women
(Washington) -- Like others attending a special event at The Campbell Farm in Wapato on Saturday, Suzanne Jim was there to support family and friends of missing and...
article Montana Senate nixes funding to establish database for missing Native people
(Montana) -- A Busby lawmaker’s proposal for a grant program to establish a database of missing Native people among the Montana’s Indian reservations failed...

2/26/2019

article Red dresses stand in for missing indigenous women in new exhibit coming to D.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- Metis artist Jamie Black of Winnipeg, Canada, uses red dresses in her work to represent missing or murdered indigenous women. For the first time,...
article Conference on ‘Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’ calls for research and action
(Massachusetts) -- Students and non-students, indigenous and otherwise, gathered at the Old Chapel building at the University of Massachusetts last Friday to hear a...
article Why the murder case against the 'Mill Woods Rapist' collapsed
(Alberta) -- When Jeanette Marie Cardinal's family made arrangements to bury her in 2011, the funeral home suggested she be draped in a scarf to hide her injuries....

2/25/2019

article ND State Rep. Ruth Buffalo Proposes Bills on Missing/Murdered Native People & Anti-Human Trafficking
(North Dakota) -- Ruth Buffalo never planed to get into politics. That is until her baby sister was killed by a drunk driver and she started doing some digging. “...
article SPECIAL REPORT: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
(Utah) -- Hundreds of Native American families nationwide have no answers as to what happened to their daughters, sisters, mothers, and aunts who were murdered or went...

2/24/2019

article Families, investigators struggle to track down missing Native women
(Montana) -- Shacaiah Harding had been living on the streets of Billings, off and on, for most of the last spring and summer, when her family realized no one had seen or...
article Alaska Native weaving project honors survivors of violence
(Alaska) -- Lily Hope and her family are continuing her mother’s work for an important cause. The daughter of late acclaimed Chilkat and Ravenstail weaver Clarissa...

2/23/2019

article Dozens attend healing event in Wapato regarding missing, murdered indigenous people
(Washington) -- The powerful drumming and singing of Northwest Medicine Horse filled the conference center of The Campbell Farm on Saturday as relatives and friends of...
article Working to bring closure to families of missing and murdered indigenous women in Utah
(Utah) -- For decades, indigenous women in Utah and across the country have gone missing and many are presumed dead, but there is no way to get an accurate account. The...

2/22/2019

article Working to bring closure to families of missing and murdered indigenous women in Utah
(Utah) -- For decades, indigenous women in Utah and across the country have gone missing and many are presumed dead, but there is no way to get an accurate account. The...

2/21/2019

article MP asks RCMP for criminal probe of coerced sterilization of Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- An NDP MP has written a letter to the head of the RCMP asking the federal police force to launch an investigation into allegations of the coerced...

2/18/2019

article No One Knows How Many Indigenous Women Are Missing or Murdered
(USA) -- I won’t pretend to be impartial. This, like most of the issues I write about, is highly personal. The issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women,...
article House passes bill aimed at tracking missing, murdered people
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s House has passed bipartisan legislation intended to collect data on missing and murdered people. Representatives voted 93-0 on...

2/17/2019

article State House members propose task force on missing and murdered indigenous women
(Washington) -- According to a report by the Urban Indian Health Institute, Seattle has the most cases of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women...

2/16/2019

article COMMENTARY: An epidemic of violence against Native American women
(Minnesota) -- Americans may be largely unaware of the extreme and pervasive dangers facing American Indian and Alaska Native women. According to a National Institute of...
article New Mexico among states considering bills on missing, slain Native women
(New Mexico) -- Lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced legislation to address the unsolved deaths and disappearances of numerous Native American women and...
article Rep. Deb Haaland Calls for More Resources to End Violence Against Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the first Native American congresswomen refuses to let the violence against Indigenous women be overlooked any longer.

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