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Letter: Need to turn attention to missing Native American women

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 because these victims are mostly Native American women.

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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...
article Despite past reforms, Native women face high rates of crime
(New Mexico) -- For generations, Native American women have been victimized at astonishing rates, with federal figures showing that more than half have encountered...
article Tester urges Senate to address missing and murdered Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- Citing an epidemic, U.S. Senator Jon Tester, D-Mont., called on the Senate to hold a hearing on the issue of missing and murdered Native American...

9/3/2018

article More than Missing and Murdered
(Montana) -- Native American women across the country are being murdered and sexually assaulted on reservations and nearby towns at far higher rates than other American...
article Haunting stories behind missing posters of Native women
(Oregon) -- 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...

9/2/2018

article ICYMI: 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...

9/1/2018

article Tester calls for Senate hearing regarding missing, murdered Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is calling on the Senate to hold a hearing on missing and murdered Native American women. In a letter to the...

8/29/2018

article Cases of missing and murdered Native American women challenge police, courts
(Nebraska) -- Native American women across the country are being murdered and sexually assaulted on reservations and nearby towns at far higher rates than other American...

8/27/2018

article 94 Percent of Native Women in Seattle Survey Say They’ve Been Raped or Coerced Into Sex
(Washington) -- In a damning new report from the Urban Indian Health Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly all of the Seattle-based...

8/24/2018

article Cases of missing and murdered Native American women challenge police, courts
(Montana) -- Native American women across the country are being murdered and sexually assaulted on reservations and nearby towns at far higher rates than other American...

8/21/2018

article MMIWG inquiry announces final 4 cities it will hold hearings
(Canada) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has announced the dates and locations for its final four hearings. The inquiry will...

8/19/2018

article Indigenous PhD student to ‘map loss’ through atlas of missing women and girls
(Alberta) -- A PhD student is creating a database of every Indigenous woman and girl who has either gone missing or been killed in Canada and the U.S. since 1900, with...

8/16/2018

article ‘Mic Dispatch’ episode 10: Missing Native American women; designer Christian Cowan (full transcript)
(North Dakota) -- On episode 10 of Mic Dispatch, correspondent Yoonj Kim investigates the disappearances and deaths of several Native American women in the Bakken area...

8/14/2018

article Forgotten Women: The conversation of murdered and missing native women is not one North America wants to have - but it must
(North America) -- In the fifth in our series on the lives of ordinary women behind extraordinary stories, this month's Forgotten Women examines how terrifyingly...

8/9/2018

article ECOFFEY: Are We The Only Ones Who Notice Our Missing?
(South Dakota) -- Over the last decade or so, I have become more aware of the reality that, if our people go missing, there is a real chance they will never be found...

8/8/2018

article What’s being done to prevent disappearances of Native American women?
(USA) -- The legacy of disproportionate violence and disappearances regarding Native American women continues to scar indigenous communities in the United States. Most...

8/7/2018

article Authorities fear missing Montana woman may be victim of sex-trafficking
(Montana) -- Jermain “Liz” Morigeau, seen here wearing the same clothing as she was last seen in. Jermain, who also goes by the name Liz, was last seen in...

8/6/2018

article ‘We love her and need her home’: Family searches for missing B.C. woman
(British Columbia) -- Three family members canvassed homeless camps in Chilliwack on Thursday, Aug. 2, and are planning a highway search between Agassiz and Hope Sunday...

8/1/2018

article Body found in truck connected to Olivia Lone Bear case
(North Dakota) -- The FBI has confirmed that a body has been found in the truck connected to the disappearance of a New Town woman missing since October.

7/31/2018

article Heitkamp Helps Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Human Trafficking in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The legislation builds on Heitkamp’s years-long efforts to improve public safety in Indian Country following her introduction of Savanna...
article 'Strength and resiliency': Sask. Indigenous women projects receive funding
(Saskatchewan) -- Maryam Monsef, the federal government's Minister of Status of Women, announced two organizations in Saskatchewan will receive funding to support...
article Truck of missing North Dakota woman found, possibly in Lake Sakakawea
(North Dakota) -- The brother of a missing New Town woman on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota has confirmed that the truck she was last seen...

7/27/2018

article Hay River woman identified as person found dead in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- The body of a Northwest Territories woman found in British Columbia earlier this week has been identified by family as 27-year-old Brittany Martel...

7/24/2018

article Missing native American women: anatomy of a crisis
(USA) -- Ashley Loring, a member of the Blackfeet tribe in Montana, has been missing for a year, says a Facebook page dedicated to this student with fine features and an...

7/23/2018

article MMIWG manager resigns over hearing's short time frame
(Canada) -- Another staffer from the national inquiry looking into missing and murdered Indigenous woman and girls has resigned. Melodie Casella was the manager of...
article Doctoral student compiles database of indigenous women who’ve gone missing
(Montana) -- A storm rolls in over the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. The clouds are low and dark as distant lightning cracks over a green prairie. Wade...

7/22/2018

article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls rally
(Illinois) -- About 30 people attend a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls rally hosted by the Sage Sisters of Solidarity Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Schwiebert...

7/21/2018

article Doctoral Student Compiles Database Of Indigenous Women Who've Gone Missing
(Montana) -- A storm rolls in over the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. The clouds are low and dark as distant lightning cracks over a green prairie. Wade...

7/20/2018

article Shutdown of Sex Sites Puts Lives at Risk, say Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- A law signed by President Donald Trump this spring to curb sex trafficking has created new risks for sex workers in tribal lands, Native American...
article More Than A Dozen Indigenous Women Went Missing In Montana In 2018
(Montana) -- Yet another Indigenous woman has gone missing in the Mountain West. Jermaine Charlo disappeared near a grocery store in Missoula, Montana last month. The 23...

7/19/2018

article Native group walking across Canada for #MMIW face racial slurs, RV breakdowns
(North Canada) -- Five indigenous people have embarked on a walk across the entire country of Canada to bring awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and...
article Mother of missing woman worried after weeks of no contact
(Manitoba) -- Carolynn Brazeau thought Thursday would be the day she hears from her 24-year-old daughter, who went missing nearly two weeks ago. "I was hoping she...

7/16/2018

article Database tracks missing and murdered indigenous women cases
(Montana) -- Roylynn Rides Horse of Crow Agency was beaten and burned alive in April of 2016 on the Crow Indian Reservation. She died from her injuries two months later...

7/11/2018

article "When They Were Here" documentary examines missing and murdered indigenous women
(Montana) -- Two Blackfeet/Shoshone filmmakers are making a documentary about the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. They have traveled across Montana and...
article OP/ED: Where Are Our Native Women?
(North Carolina) -- The phenomenon of missing and murdered native women can really be explained in one word: apathy. The Canadian and American governments do not seem to...
article 2 Canadian bus companies say they want to fill void left by Greyhound
(Canada) -- Some Canadian bus companies say they're willing and able to fill parts of the void left by Greyhound when the carrier announced this week that it would...
article Greyhound bus cuts raise health and safety concerns among Indigenous groups
(Canada) -- Indigenous groups and advocates are voicing their concern about impacts the cut to Greyhound bus services in Western Canada will have on safety and access to...

7/10/2018

article Greyhound lobbied Ottawa to backstop rural routes for years to no avail, says executive
(Ottawa) -- Greyhound Canada says it has been asking the federal government to backstop funding for its rural routes in Western Canada for years without success, despite...

7/9/2018

article Ice thawed 3 months ago on Fort Berthold Reservation, still no water searches for missing mom
(North Dakota) -- The family of Olivia Lone Bear, a mother of five who went missing a little over eight months ago, continues to look for her as their dissatisfaction...
article Ice thawed 3 months ago on Fort Berthold Reservation, still no water searches for missing mom
(North Dakota) -- The family of Olivia Lone Bear, a mother of five who went missing a little over eight months ago, continues to look for her as their dissatisfaction...

7/7/2018

article Regina organization steps up with support group to help MMIWG families
(Saskatchewan) -- A support group for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, one of many programs Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services offers under...

7/5/2018

article Regina mother suing federal gov't, RCMP for $600M over handling of MMIWG investigations
(Saskatchewan) -- A lawsuit against the federal government and the RCMP over a "negligent" and "lackadaisical" approach to the investigation into...
article 'We're still looking': Community barbecue marks 14 years since Tamra Keepness disappeared
(Saskatchewan) -- A sombre anniversary was marked at a community barbecue Thursday in Regina. It was on July 5 in 2004 that five-year-old Tamra Keepness was last seen....

7/3/2018

article There's A Crisis In Indian Country, But Who Is Paying Attention?
(Montana) -- There’s a storm rolling in over the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. The clouds are low and dark as distant lightning cracks over a green...
article Another resignation from troubled inquirey into Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
(Ottawa) -- The MMIW as it’s known, was announced by the Trudeau government in 2015 to examine the causes of violence against aboriginal women resulting in...

7/1/2018

article Guest view: Crisis of violence against Native American women must be addressed
(Montana) -- In the national conversation of the #MeToo movement to bring sexual harassment and assault into the spotlight, one narrative continues to struggle for...

6/29/2018

article MMIWG inquiry wraps up today following police testimony
(Saskatchewan) -- After a week of police, witness and community testimony, the MMIWG hearing on police policies and practices will wrap up in Regina. In September 2016,...

6/28/2018

article MMIWG inquiry moves into 4th day of testimony in Regina
(Saskatchewan) -- The hearing on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Regina is moving in to its fourth day of testimony and is back on schedule.

6/27/2018

article Police speaking at MMIWG inquiry must 'stand by their word': advocate
(Saskatchewan) -- Gladys Radek dabbed her eyes, gazing upon the statue erected in Saskatoon in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women. She didn't see it in...
article Rally to highlight plight of indigneous women
(Iowa) -- Bettendorf’s Josie Ironshield and Moline’s Regina Tsosie want to share a story they say has fallen through the cracks for far too long. The story...

6/26/2018

article RCMP commissioner tells MMIWG inquiry she doesn't think force will reach full gender equity
(Saskatchewan) -- The head of the RCMP says she doesn't think the force will get to 50 per cent gender equity. Commissioner Brenda Lucki said Tuesday the fact that...

6/25/2018

article MMIWG hearing on police policies, procedures starts in Regina today
(Saskatchewan) -- A hearing being held in Regina this week as part of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will focus on police...
article "Face The State" - Missing and murdered indigenous women in Montana
(Montana) -- On Sunday's "Face the State," MTN News examined the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women in Montana.

6/24/2018

article Greyhound makes final passenger trip on B.C.'s Highway of Tears
(British Columbia) -- Glenna Johnson burst into the Prince Rupert Friendship House, hoping to find a space on a 13-seat passenger bus to take her home to Terrace....
article "Face The State" examines missing and murdered indigenous women epidemic
(Montana) -- On Sunday's "Face the State," MTN News examined the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women in Montana. This month marks one year...

6/15/2018

article Canadian rapper Classified releases powerful #MMIW video titled ‘Powerless’
(Nova Scotia) -- Classified is an award-winning hip hop artist from Nova Scotia that has recently dropped his latest song and video titled ‘powerless’ based...

6/11/2018

article MMIWG commission: Expert and knowledge keepers hearing (VIDEO)
(Ottawa) -- This week, the inquiry consults elders and knowledge keepers alongside academics, legal experts, front-line workers, young people, specialists and other

6/10/2018

article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Discussed After Showing of Wind River
(Oklahoma) -- Olivia Gray (Osage), director of the Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Department sat on a panel for a screening of Wind River during the Native...

6/5/2018

article MMIWG inquiry commissioner may quit after Ottawa grants limited extension
(Ottawa) -- A commissioner with the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls says she is contemplating leaving her role after Ottawa's...
article ‘Political expediency’ responsible for MMIWG inquiry being denied full extension: Buller
(Ottawa) -- The head of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls says “political expediency” is at the heart of Canada...
article Deadline extended for national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous woman
(Ottawa) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is getting another six months to complete its work. The commission will now have...
article COBURN: Indigenous students once again go missing in the class of 2018
(Alberta) -- Convocation can be a very emotional occasion. Each year, it seems, the commentariat is whipped up into near hysterics over some honorary degree recipient or...

6/1/2018

article Indigenous Women Have Been Disappearing for Generations. Politicians Are Finally Starting to Notice.
(Washington) -- WOMEN ON THE Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington state didn’t have any particular term for the way the violent deaths and sudden disappearances...
article Guilty verdict not always a victory for MMIWG families, grand chief says after man convicted for 2012 killing
(Manitoba) -- A guilty verdict does not always bring comfort to the families of missing and murdered Indigenous woman and girls, says one Indigenous leader after a...

5/30/2018

article A year after the national MMIWG inquiry’s first hearing, one Whitehorse family is still dealing with the pain
(Yukon) -- A year ago Wednesday, the first set of hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls started in Whitehorse.

5/28/2018

article MMIWG inquiry hears testimony in Calgary from government staff
(Alberta) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding hearings in Calgary this week. The first phase of the truth-gathering...
article A safe harbour for women fleeing violence on B.C.’s Highway of Tears
(British Columbia) -- In 2006, Carrier Sekani Family Services released a report recommending a network of 22 safe houses for women fleeing violence be built along B.C....

5/26/2018

article Women’s council wants Haulli’s award revoked
(Nunavut) -- Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council is calling for sexual offender Ike Haulli’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to be revoked.

5/25/2018

article Brantford police investigating missing Six Nations woman
(Ontario) -- The Brantford Police Service Major Crime Unit is currently investigating a report of missing person. On May 24, 2018 Brantford Police Service received a...

5/23/2018

article Ottawa not ready to create special police task force for missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is not ready to create a special police task force for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, a key demand from the ongoing...

5/20/2018

article New Miss Manito Ahbee honours Amanda Jane Cook's family
(Manitoba) -- Every year a new young woman is chosen for the title of Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador. Since 2006, the title has been used by the Manito Ahbee...

5/18/2018

article Miss Manito Ahbee finds strength in sharing her story and honouring MMIWG
(Manitoba) -- The title of Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador carries a lot more weight than many other similar titles. Since 2006, the title has also been used by the...

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