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MMIW chief commissioner recommends automatic first-degree murder charges for killings of Indigenous women

The chief commissioner of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is recommending the justice system be tougher on people who commit crimes against Indigenous women, girls and LGBT people, saying the government must prove their lives are valued.

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5/29/2020

article Violence still an issue, says Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief as MMIWG action plan delayed
(Ontario) -- The Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Alvin Fiddler, is expressing his disappointment about the lack of attention being given to the recommendations...

5/28/2020

article Domestic violence 'an epidemic,' advocate says after 2 Indigenous women killed in Winnipeg during pandemic
(Manitoba) -- Marie Morin lived in fear and tried to check in to an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Winnipeg just weeks before she was found dead...

5/27/2020

article Task force on missing Native Americans resumes sessions
(Washington D.C.) -- A presidential task force charged with addressing an epidemic of missing and slain Native Americans is resuming listening sessions. The task force...
article A year after MMIWG inquiry's final report, Manitoba advocates say they're disappointed by lack of progress
(Manitoba) -- Some of those who testified during the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, or worked for the commission, say they've...
article Nebraska Sate Patrol completes year-long investigation into missing Native American cases
(Nebraska) -- Over the past year, the Nebraska State Patrol has partnered with a number of entities to identify why the Native American culture is being so heavily...
article Ottawa delays release of national action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is postponing the release of an action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls that was expected to land next month....
article Oklahoma U.S. Attorneys select coordinator for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Persons Cases
(Oklahoma) -- U.S. Attorneys Trent Shores, Brian Kuester, and Timothy Downing announced the selection of a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) coordinator to...

5/26/2020

article 'Bring Kozee home': Vigil held for Native woman murdered on Winnebago Reservation
(Nebraska) -- Tribal authorities have arrested a man in connection with the May 16 death of a 22-year-old woman from the Ho-Chunk Nation whose body was found near a...
article Ottawa delays release of national action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is postponing the release of an action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which was expected next month to mark...
article Task force on missing Native Americans resumes sessions
(Arizona) -- A presidential task force charged with coming up with ways to address missing and slain Native Americans will resume tribal listening sessions Wednesday....

5/25/2020

article Listening session scheduled about missing and murdered Indigenous people
(Arizona) -- The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives scheduled a teleconference with tribes from 20 Western states,...
article Nebraska State Patrol study: Boys make up majority of missing Native Americans
(Nebraska) -- A study from the Nebraska State Patrol and others found that the majority of Native American missing persons are boys age 17 or younger. That’s just...

5/24/2020

article NSP delivers LB 154 report on missing native American women and children
(Nebraska) -- The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), working with the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University...

5/23/2020

article COMMENTARY: Trump must deliver justice for missing and murdered indigenous women
(New York) -- During his visit to Arizona earlier this month, President Donald Trump commented on his efforts to help the state’s large Native American population...

5/15/2020

article Soboba tribal members support cause
(California) -- Carmelita Vallejo has long championed social causes and did not let the current global pandemic stop her from organizing a family prayer gathering Monday...

5/13/2020

article New DOJ coordinator to shed light on missing and murdered indigenous person cases
(Minnesota) -- The U.S. Department of Justice launched a new national strategy to address missing and murdered Native Americans that includes hiring 11 state...

5/10/2020

article Violence against Indigenous women during COVID-19 sparks calls for MMIWG plan
(Canada) -- With reports of a sharp rise in violence against Indigenous women as COVID-19 restrictions keep families stuck in their homes, concerns are being raised...
article COLUMN: Pandemic doesn’t stop federal work on Native women’s issues
(Washington D.C.) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the work of a federal panel trying to tackle a different crisis plaguing Indian Country. “We’re...

5/9/2020

article Ottawa teen's 7th annual run for missing and murdered Indigenous women goes virtual
(Ottawa) -- Teenager Theland Kicknosway's annual run for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is being turned into a virtual event this year, and he's...

5/7/2020

article Tongva Denounce 'Family Guy' Writer Patrick Meagan's "She Kills"
(California) -- Weshoyot Alvitre, a Tongva illustrator and comic book artist, and several members of the Tongva tribal community have been working to stop the digital...

5/6/2020

article Trump Signs Missing And Murdered Indigenous Relatives Awareness Day Proclamation
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer met yesterday with President Trump for the signing of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives...

5/5/2020

article Michigan Women’s Commission commemorates Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day, May 5
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Women’s Commission today issued the following statement from Cheryl Bergman, Executive Director of the Michigan Women’s Commission...
article NAC: Uniting (in isolation) for MMIW awareness
(Indian Country) -- Isolation because of the coronavirus doesn’t stop the need to raise awareness of a tragic statistic for Native people. May 5th is the National...
article Winnipeg woman makes 1,200 tobacco ties each spring for MMIWG
(Manitoba) -- Since 2017, Gerri McPherson of Winnipeg has made 1,200 tobacco ties each spring to honour her sister, her aunt and other missing and murdered Indigenous...
article Montana's missing people skew young, and accurate missing person reports on the rise, report shows
(Montana) -- A new Montana Department of Justice report found the majority of people reported missing in Montana are found or recovered and that statewide reporting...
article President Trump makes May 5 'Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day'
(Arizona) -- On Tuesday, in Arizona, President Trump signed a new proclamation, declaring May 5 "Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness...
article Mark Charles on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
(USA) -- There is a crisis in Indian Country known as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Literally hundreds, even thousands of Indigenous women and girls...
article North Carolina officials are ignoring a crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women
(North Carolina) -- On the sunny spring day of April 18th, 2017, with a gentle breeze hardly blowing more than a whisper, neighborhood residents found the naked body of...
press release Proclamation on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day, 2020
(Washington D.C.) -- The American Indian and Alaska Native people have endured generations of injustice. They experience domestic violence, homicide, sexual assault, and...

4/27/2020

article Lumbee woman releases single with message, deep meanings
(North Carolina) -- Lumbee vocalist and former “American Idol” contestant Alexis Raeana Jones is calling her debut single, “Keep My Memory,” a...

4/26/2020

article Rally to Commemorate Murdered Native American Held Online
(North Carolina) -- On Saturday, a special online rally was held to commemorate missing and murdered indigenous women. The COVID-19 outbreak canceled a march scheduled...
article Fears for Oklahoma scientist and mother-of-two, 34, whose car was found abandoned
(Oklahoma) -- A desperate search is underway for a mother-of-two who went missing in Oklahoma City six days ago. Leslie Driskill, 34, was last seen leaving work at the...

4/25/2020

article Oklahoma City mom, runner has gone missing
(Oklahoma) -- Leslie Driskill has helped lots of distance runners over the years. Now, she needs help. The Oklahoma City mom and runner has been missing since Tuesday....
article Lumbee woman releases single with message, deep meanings
(Indian Country) -- Lumbee vocalist and former “American Idol” contestant Alexis Raeana Jones is calling her debut single, “Keep My Memory,” a...

4/23/2020

article Montana's Missing Indigenous Persons database nearing completion
(Montana) -- Despite the pandemic hampering efforts for the Missing Persons Indigenous Task Force to meet with tribal communities in Montana, work on a missing persons...

4/11/2020

article Witchepec Man Still Misssing: Family Recieved a Ransome Note and Traker Found Possible Evidence Indicating Foul Play
(California) -- Virgil Bussell Junior, a 52-year-old Hoopa man, was reported missing over two weeks ago when his family found his truck abandoned on rural Deerhorn Road...

4/9/2020

article Lasting impact: Former Muckleshoot Tribal standout Rosalie Fish reflects on her message-filled 2019 state track and field weekend
(Washington) -- When a distance runner wins four medals at the small school state track championships, it doesn’t make much of a ripple. When that runner is a...

4/2/2020

article Documentary Filmmakers Part 2: "Sisters Rising"
(Montana) -- Part 2 of our special series on documentary filmmakers features Willow O'Feral and Brad Heck, the artists behind "Sisters Rising," which...

3/24/2020

article Quinhagak girl was assaulted and murdered, charges say
(Alaska) -- Charges filed Tuesday in state Superior Court show what investigators think happened in the abduction and death of 10-year-old Ida “Girlie”...

3/23/2020

article DOJ set up task force for missing Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
(Washington D.C.) -- For a variety of reasons, American Indians and Alaska Natives have disproportionate levels of murder and missing persons. So much so that the...
article LUCCHESI: Our Bodies Are the Front Lines: Responding to Land-Based Gender Violence
(Washington D.C.) -- When a South Dakota court gave a green light to the Keystone XL pipeline last January, it also opened the door to further abuse, rape, trafficking,...

3/22/2020

article Column: Wave of murdered Native women demands national response
(Minnesota) -- There is a horrific crime wave going on across the United States, but you haven’t heard nearly enough about it in the news. Indigenous women...

3/21/2020

article Legislation addresses crime against women in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- When Pam Smith found out that her niece had been radio silent for hours, she started to worry. She called family, friends and finally local law...
article National View Column: Wave of murdered Native women demands national response
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a horrific crime wave going on across the United States, but you haven’t heard nearly enough about it in the news. Indigenous women...
article Blackfeet Community College awarded funding for missing persons database
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Community College was awarded funding earlier this month for the creation of an online database that will help law enforcement and families...
article Family says 10-year-old Quinhagak girl was abducted, village in shock as homicide investigation continues
(Alaska) -- Alaska State Troopers are now calling the hunt for answers in the death of a 10-year-old girl a homicide investigation. Volunteer searchers discovered the...

3/18/2020

article Family says 10-year-old Quinhagak girl was abducted, village in shock as homicide investigation continues
(Alaska) -- Alaska State Troopers are now calling the hunt for answers in the death of a 10-year-old girl a homicide investigation. Volunteer searchers discovered the...
article Legislation addresses crime against women in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- When Pam Smith found out that her niece had been radio silent for hours, she started to worry. She called family, friends and finally local law...
article Murkowski addresses crisis of MMTIW
(Washington D.C.) -- March 12th, 2020: Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor in recognition of Ashley Johnson-Barr Day, a day of...

3/17/2020

article Missing girl’s body found at the Quinhagak dump
(Alaska) -- A girl was found dead on Monday in Quinhagak. Her body was found in the dump, according to Tribal Police Officer Will Small. The girl was not identified and...

3/15/2020

article Nevada officials, native community members grapple with high rate of missing and murdered indigenous women
(Nevada) -- An indigenous woman lies flat on the ground, immobile. As a drum slowly crescendos, she tries to rise, struggling against an invisible weight pinning her to...

3/14/2020

article Memory quilt made by Montreal women honours missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Canada) -- Throughout the fall, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in Montreal gathered every week to share, heal, and empower themselves as survivors of...

3/11/2020

article At AG Davis' urging, Senate panel OKs missing, murdered indigenous resolution
(Idaho) -- A resolution declaring May 5 as a day of awareness for missing and murdered indigenous people is headed to the Idaho Senate. The House has already passed the...
article Bills address missing, murdered Indigenous people in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- Information on missing or murdered Indigenous people in Wyoming could improve under legislation that would better manage missing persons reports and...

3/10/2020

article Bills Address Missing, Murdered Indigenous People in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- Information on missing or murdered Indigenous people in Wyoming could improve under legislation that would better manage missing persons reports and...
article Blackfeet Community College Tapped To Start Work On Missing Indigenous Persons Database
(Montana) -- The state Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force has awarded its first $25,000 grant to Blackfeet Community College to develop what will be the first piece...
article Missing and Murdered Tribal Women and Girls Task Force
(Wisconsin) -- "My mom's disappearance was 33 years ago, and I feel that some of the same issues that negatively impacted her investigation continue to...

3/9/2020

article Widespread use of red handprints to represent MMIWG sparks debate among advocates
(Canada) -- A red handprint across the mouth has become a symbolic representation of violence that affects Indigenous women across Canada, the United States and beyond....
article Fond du Lac woman, child remembered at march
(Minnesota) -- A Fond du Lac woman and her 18-month-old son who were killed over the weekend were remembered with a march and memorial gathering Monday morning on the...

3/8/2020

article Online threats, racism causing fear for Indigenous women: MMIWG commissioner
(Canada) -- Michele Audette feels disappointed when she looks online and sees a barrage of violent threats toward Indigenous women. "It made me so mad that we...

3/7/2020

article RCMP make arrest in 2003 homicide of Nicolle Hands — 1 day after Winnipeg police pull out of Project Devote
(Manitoba) -- Mounties in Manitoba say they've made an arrest in the case of a woman killed in 2003. In a Saturday evening news release, RCMP say they've...

3/6/2020

article Panel seeks more resources on missing Indigenous people
(Montana) -- When Paulette Not Afraid woke up on Thursday morning, she expected to go to work for the Crow Tribe, as she does every day. But instead, a friend texted her...
article Presidential Task force heads to Michigan for American Indians experiencing high rates of violence
(Michigan) -- Earlier this week, a federal task force announced a series of field consultations and listening sessions to help American Indians and Alaska Natives. The...
article Man hurt by 'false hope' surrounding long-missing daughter
(South Dakota) -- For the past 35 years, Taylor Baldeagle has received letters and phone calls from strangers giving him tips and false hope about his daughter Sharon,...
article ‘No More Stolen Sisters’: Demonstrators Rally Against Fossil Fuel Impact on Indigenous Women
(New York) -- More than 30 activists from Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell and Climate Justice Cornell demonstrated on the Ag Quad on Friday afternoon...
article Winnipeg police pull out of Project Devote, create new model for investigating MMIWG cases
(Manitoba) -- Winnipeg police are pulling out of Project Devote, a task force for missing and murdered people, but Chief Danny Smyth says it's for the better. The...

3/5/2020

article Kelsey Lansing's Mission to Stop Violence Against Native Women
(Colorado) -- According to a damning report from the Urban Indian Health Institute, Denver is among the ten U.S. cities with the most cases involving missing and...
article Presidential Task Force on Missing & Murdered American Indians & Alaska Natives Announces Tribal Consultations/Listening Sessions
(Montana) -- The Presidential Task force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives announced a series of field consultations and listening sessions to...
article Task force would address Wisconsin’s missing and murdered indigenous women
(Wisconsin) -- Missing and murdered indigenous women were on the agenda at the Capitol Wednesday. Native American and Native Alaskan women and girls are murdered at...
article Utah Lawmakers Vote To Study Violence Against Native Women
(Utah) -- Utah is poised to study the disproportionate violence inflicted against Native American women and girls after the Utah Legislature voted to create a task force...
article Human trafficking under reported
(North Dakota) -- The number of victims of human trafficking in this state is disproportionate among Native Americans, according to the North Dakota Human Trafficking...

3/4/2020

article Lawmakers discuss bill about creating an online database for missing persons
(South Dakota) -- A database for missing people, it's an idea state lawmakers are discussing. However, there are some people opposing this bill. Senate Bill 27 wants...
article Wave of Murdered Native American Women Demands a National Response
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a horrific crime wave going on across the United States, but you probably won’t read about it in your newspaper or see it on the...
article Committee holds hearing on bill to create task force on missing, murdered tribal women
(Wisconsin) -- Tribal members and lawmakers in Wisconsin are working together to bring justice to tribal women killed or missing. Senate Bill 493 would create a task...

3/3/2020

article Passage of "Ida's Law" offers hope for advocates of Murdered and Missing Indigenous People
(Oklahoma) -- The State House of Representatives passed a law Tuesday that is hoped to allow more attention and effort to the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous...
article Utah takes steps to address violence against indigenous women
(Utah) -- Native American communities and others gathered at the Utah Capitol to celebrate the passage of legislation that will create a task force to take an in-depth...
article Billings student takes MMIP speech to national competition
(Montana) -- Brandi Johnson takes a deep breath before beginning her speech. She’s about to transform from a soft-spoken sophomore to a polished performer whose...

3/2/2020

article Seven missing or murdered Indigenous women from RMWB
(New York) -- Seven Indigenous women from the Wood Buffalo region have been reported missing or murdered since 2004. Additionally one woman’s death is considered...
press release Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Announces Tribal Consultations and Listening Sessions
(Washington D.C.) -- The Presidential Task force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives announced a series of field consultations and listening...

3/1/2020

article Eagle Butte man hurt by 'false hope' surrounding daughter's 35-year disappearance
(South Dakota) -- For the past 35 years, Taylor Baldeagle has received letters and phone calls from strangers giving him tips and false hope about his daughter Sharon,...

2/29/2020

article 'It's Got To Stop': Native Americans Say Crimes Against Them Are Not Taken Seriously
(Indian Country) -- Native Americans make up less than 2% of the national population. But last year, they accounted for an estimated 5% of all missing persons cases....
article Families Of Missing, Murdered Call For Review Of Cases In Southeast Montana
(Montana) -- Families in southeast Montana are demanding law enforcement review all cases of missing and murdered indigenous people in Big Horn, Rosebud, and Yellowstone...

2/28/2020

article Barron: Incomplete Data Costs Indigenous Lives. One Utah Legislator Has a Plan to Fill in the Gaps.
(Utah) -- In 2008, the Department of Justice released sickening statistics regarding violence toward Native American women. They found that Native Americans disappear at...
article Navajo Prep students raise awareness of MMIW epidemic, call for action
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Preparatory School’s Eagles Nest gym was packed with girls basketball fans on the night of Feb. 20 as Prep’s Lady Eagles played...
article Seeking answers FOIA applied to local case
(Wyoming) -- Sheridan community members continue to grieve and search for answers regarding missing and murdered indigenous individuals after one young girl was found...
article MN task force on violence against Native American women seeks personal stories
(Minnesota) -- Members of the state’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Task Force know it’s a big deal to ask women to share difficult and...
article Wisconsin’s missing and murdered task force idles on executive committee
(Wisconsin) -- Red silhouettes lined the snow as a representation of thousands of Indigenous women who were murdered, or are still missing. Though temperatures fell to...

2/27/2020

article Grieving Native American families shamed law enforcement over missing women and won action from President Trump
(Montana) -- On a cloudy winter afternoon, a few dozen people stand outside the courthouse in Hardin, Montana, holding banners and signs bearing the photos of young...
article MMIW Movement gets support from South community
(Minnesota) -- On February 14th the streets in Ventura Village and East Phillips neighborhoods in South Minneapolis filled with red. But it was not to celebrate...
article Bill aims to create data and reporting systems for missing and murdered indigenous persons
(Wyoming) -- Today, February 27, 2020, is the last day for bills on third reading to move on from the house of origin. The House and the Senate convened at 10 a.m. this...

2/26/2020

article Kansas House votes to increase police training for indigenous communities
(Kansas) -- The Kansas House Tuesday tentatively approved a bill that would require training for police agencies to help address the high rates of murdered and missing...
article Hanna Harris's Death Sheds Light on Crimes Against Native Women
(Montana) -- When 21-year-old Hanna Harris left home on an American Indian reservation in Montana on July 4, 2013 to see fireworks with some friends, no one knew how...

2/25/2020

article Kansas to join fight against murder of Native American women?
(Kansas) -- The Kansas House gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a plan to help end what some are calling the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous peoples, in...
article Laws to deal with plight of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons moving at Capitol
(Oklahoma) -- Action continues as the pressing issues relating to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) are being addressed at the State Capitol. On Tuesday,...

2/24/2020

article Bills would notify public of missing Native women, children
(Oklahoma) -- With the support of Oklahoma tribes seeking to reduce the incidence of violence among Native women and children, the state Legislature is considering...
article ‘I gotta stay strong’: the Native American families with a legacy of violent deaths
(USA) -- When Pauline HighWolf’s son came to her home in Montana three months ago to tell her that her sister was dead, she was overwhelmed by a painful jolt of...
article Bills would notify public of missing Native women, children
(Oklahoma) -- With the support of Oklahoma tribes seeking to reduce the incidence of violence among Native women and children, the state Legislature is considering...

2/23/2020

article Editorial: Nebraskans come together to strengthen protection for Native American women
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska is making slow but positive initial progress in working to develop an accurate database of missing Native American women and to strengthen law...
article Missing and murdered: Act now for comprehensive protection of indigenous women and girls
(Washington D.C.) -- Ask the average American about #MMIWG, and you’ll likely get a blank stare. That’s because over 95 percent of cases of Missing and...
article State, tribal officials aim to learn more about missing and murdered indigenous Idahoans
(Idaho) -- Two agencies dedicated to assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence hosted Idaho’s first summit in December to address the statewide and...

2/22/2020

article 'Someone's out there': Family marches for justice for Winnipeg woman killed in 2016
(Manitoba) -- Red balloons flew overhead Saturday afternoon as family and loved ones of Marilyn Rose Munroe marked four years since the Winnipeg woman was found dead....
article State, tribal officials aim to learn more about missing and murdered indigenous Idahoans
(Idaho) -- Two agencies dedicated to assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence hosted Idaho's first summit in December to address the statewide and...

2/20/2020

article 'Help us save these women.' Study finds 24 cases of missing, slain indigenous women in Omaha
(Nebraska) -- Jennifer Woodhull misses Ashlea Aldrich. In January, the friends, both members of the Omaha Tribe, were supposed to attend a substance abuse program...
article Missing, murdered indigenous persons bill passes Wyoming Senate on first reading
(Wyoming) -- The Wyoming Senate began to wind down its second week of the budget session by voting a bill through its Committee of the Whole on Thursday, Feb. 20. The...

2/19/2020

article Tribes, Idaho officials will learn more about ‘new era of violence’ for indigenous people
(Idaho) -- A coalition of tribal, state and federal officials and social justice advocates are forging ahead with researching and addressing issues surrounding missing...

2/18/2020

article Bill addressing missing and murdered Indigenous people advancing in Wyoming Legislature
(Wyoming) -- A bill addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people is advancing in the Wyoming Legislature, passing another barrier on Monday morning....
article ‘Our bodies are evidence’; Task force proposed for murdered, missing indigenous females, Two-Spirit people
(Utah) -- A bill that would create a task force for murdered and missing indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ+ Utahns is moving through Utah 2020 legislative session,...
article Native American activists in Oklahoma push for Ida’s Law
(Oklahoma) -- Activists say they want to start addressing a nationwide issue in the Sooner State. The number of missing and murdered indigenous people is staggering,...
article Native American women are missing and murdered. Will the federal government act?
(Washington) -- Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny...

2/17/2020

article Wyoming legislators aim to tackle ‘epidemic’ of missing and murdered indigenous women and children
(Wyoming) -- Legislators from both the Wyoming House of Representatives and the Senate came together on the morning of Monday, Feb. 17 to discuss one of the most...

2/16/2020

article Documentary highlights problems of sexual assault on Montana's reservation
(Montana) -- The Newsy documentary “A Broken Trust” explores the complex legal relationship between the Fort Peck / Fort Berthold Indian Reservations and the...
article House hears resolution honoring missing, murdered native people
(Idaho) -- A resolution creating a day of remembrance in Idaho for missing and murdered indigenous persons was introduced unanimously by the House Health and Welfare...
article Hundreds march for missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Minnesota) -- Rita Janelle Papakee was last seen Jan. 16, 2015, but her family refused to let her name be forgotten at a march on Friday alongside hundreds of others....
article People took to the streets to hold a place for the missing and murdered indigenous women
(South Dakota) -- People of all ages showed up at an event in Rapid City to call for more attention to be focused on those women. This was the third year that Racing...

2/15/2020

article Lawmaker wants to address violence directed at Native American women
(Utah) -- Native American women face a murder rate that is more than 10 times the national average, according to federal statistics, and a Utah lawmaker wants to address...
article Duluthians march to honor missing and murdered indigenous women
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota ranks No. 9 in the top 10 states with the highest cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and that number’s growing,...
article Hundreds march for missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Minnesota) -- Almost everyone walking on Saturday had a name to say or a picture to show -- almost everyone had a story to tell. Natasha Kingbird told the story of 35-...
article Red jingle cone campaign enlists designers to create pieces for MMIWG
(Canada) -- A red jingle jacket designed by Lesley Hampton is part of a campaign to raise awareness about MMIWG and provide funds and support for family members. The...
article Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: MMIW bill mysteriously pulled from agenda
(Oklahoma) -- On February 11 at the Oklahoma State Capitol, 11 items were slated for discussion and to be voted on by the House of Representatives’ Judiciary...

2/14/2020

article 'It makes me feel good to walk for the women': Thousands honour missing and murdered in Vancouver
(British Columbia) -- Thousands of people gathered in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Friday afternoon for the 29th annual Women's Memorial March for missing and...
article Hundreds march in Minneapolis to raise awareness of missing and murdered Native women
(Minnesota) -- On a day when red heart-shaped chocolate boxes line store shelves and red roses fill vases, the shade took on a different meaning Friday as hundreds...
article Indigenous Peoples March to shine light on alarming statistics
(Minnesota) -- Around 500 Anishinabe Academy students plan to lead a march along south Minneapolis streets for a problem they say lacks attention. According to the press...
article Federal task force aims to help solve epidemic of murdered, missing indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- American Indian leaders on Wednesday told emotional stories of missing loved ones and delivered practical steps to Trump administration officials...

2/13/2020

article Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: MMIW bill mysteriously pulled from agenda
(Oklahoma) -- On February 11 at the Oklahoma State Capitol, 11 items were slated for discussion and to be voted on by the House of Representatives’ Judiciary...

2/10/2020

article New proclamation recognizes murdered and missing indigenous women
(Montana) -- Following Canada’s lead, from here on out, February 14th in Missoula will be known as Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Awareness Day. The...
article Missoula Police Search for Missing Native American Woman
(Montana) -- The Missoula Police department reports that 24 year-old Destiny Houle has been found safe and he been restored to her family. Authorities thank all who...

2/9/2020

article Bois Forte Addresses a Crisis: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Minnesota) -- The music video from YouTube displayed scenes of War Bonnet’s lead singer Chaz Wagner strumming his guitar outside of the Bois Forte Band of...
article ‘It’s my top priority’: Utah lawmaker wants task force to study violence against Native American women
(Utah) -- Utah may soon have a task force dedicated to studying violence experienced by Native American women. According to the United States Department of Justice,...

2/7/2020

article 'People will not have a choice to forget': Electronic billboard to display MMIWG cases
(Quebec) -- The faces of these three Algonquin women flash on an electronic billboard along the side of Highway 105, the main road that runs through Kitigan Zibi...
article Tribal members voice frustration as task force shares work on missing indigenous people crisis
(Wyoming) -- Paulette Not Afraid choked up as she talked about her great-niece Selena Not Afraid. The young woman had been missing for 20 days in January before her body...
article Minnesota Chippewa Tribe speaks out
(Minnesota) -- The six Ojibwe bands forming the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe have come together for the first time ever to publicly support a bill to ban copper-nickel...
article Authorities search for Oklahoma man missing since January
(Oklahoma) -- Seminole Nation Lighthorse police officers are looking for a 59-year-old man who has been missing since Jan. 23rd. According to officials, Jackie F. Davis...

2/5/2020

article Trump is creating a task force on missing and murdered Native American women. Here's what it will do
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration announced the first convening of a new task force dedicated to addressing the multiple outstanding cases of missing,...
article Mural raises awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women
(New Mexico) -- She stands proudly, wind blowing through her hair, dressed in indigenous regalia: a maroon top with orange, yellow and white stripes, a blue, beaded...
article Women in northwestern B.C. at risk of violence can use app to try to stay safe
(British Columbia) -- Women living in communities along the infamous Highway of Tears who are afraid for their safety can now carry some peace of mind in their purses.

2/3/2020

article Bills seek to address violence against indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny...
article Trump Administration launches Operation Lady Justice
(Washington D.C.) -- On Jan. 29, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services held the first meeting of a...
article Community honors missing, murdered Alaska Native women
(Alaska) -- Music filled the Alaska Native Heritage Center on Saturday, but it was about more than entertainment. It also signaled a movement. The 2019 murders of two...
article Striving to make Indigenous women, girls feel safe in Alaska
(Alaska) -- As the names of more than 200 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls were read, people listened in silence, many staring into space or at the...

2/2/2020

article White House Summit on Human Trafficking #MMIW #MMIP
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Human Trafficking: The 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection...
article 'Everyone loved her': Family IDs woman found dead outside Ottawa retirement home
(Ottawa) -- A family is grieving a mother of three found dead Thursday after she was reported missing in Ottawa's west end. Bonnie Atagootak, 34, was originally from...
article Basketball Team Photo Brings Attention To Crimes Against Native American Women
(Colorado) -- In the team photo, each team member painted a black or red handprint over her mouth. There were no smiles.
article Beth Haynes: Did you know that our Native sisters are going missing?
(Utah) -- The 2020 Utah Women’s March did not disappoint. It was inspirational to join the stream of women, men & children who dedicated a beautiful Saturday...
article Local indigenous group gathers in Phoenix to honor missing and murdered Native American women
(Arizona) -- Another Native American woman gone too soon. Selena Not Afraid and other missing and murdered indigenous women were honored during a memorial ride and...

2/1/2020

article Coalition aimed at reducing missing, murdered indigenous Oklahomans
(Oklahoma) -- Partnered with tribal members, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is proposing legislative reforms aimed at reducing the number of missing and murdered...
article Native women are vanishing across the U.S. Inside an aunt’s desperate search for her niece
(Oklahoma) -- he woman’s oval-shaped face, on a crinkled 8 ½-by-11-inch flier, is easy to miss.Taped on a wall inside a gas station off Highway 59 —...

1/31/2020

article Sisters in red: Ignacio girls basketball brings uncomfortable conversation to gymnasium
(Colorado) -- Justa Whitt entered the gymnasium at Ignacio High School to take an extraordinary team photo back in November. What she saw sent chills down her spine.
article 'Operation Lady Justice' to Focus on Indian Country Crime
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of federal officials met for the first time this week to discuss a strategy to combat the epidemic of missing and murdered individuals in...
article New task to address missing and murdered Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- A task force is launched by President Donald Trump to address the high numbers of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
article Kidnapping Threat Is Higher For Native Women, So They're Learning Self-Defense
(Massachusetts) -- On a recent Saturday in Everett, Mass., Native American women have gathered to learn some self-defense techniques. Before the class starts, sage is...

1/30/2020

article Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives officially launches
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal government officials held an official meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 29 to launch a task force to tackle the generations-long issue of missing...
article Trump administration launches presidential task force on missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Health and Human Services today held the first meeting of a White...
article Mi'kmaq band building a space to remember missing and murdered indigenous women, girls
(Newfoundland) -- It's a space for cultural and ceremonial gatherings. It's a site for contemplation and healing. And the Qalipu First Nation says it's an...
article Remembering Selena can heal our hearts and souls
(Montana) -- There's a level of voyeurism that comes with being in the news business. There's something about getting fresh information that excites the nosy...

1/29/2020

article Bipartisan Legislation to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
(Oklahoma) -- A bipartisan group of House lawmakers filed legislation for the second half of the 57th Legislature to address Oklahoma’s missing and murdered...
article Presidential task force tackles 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Despite committing no new federal funds for the initiative, the Trump administration is moving forward with efforts to address the crisis of missing...
article Trump administration launches task force to tackle violence against Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Wednesday launched a task force to tackle what is being described as an “epidemic” of abductions, abuse and...
article Bills Designed To Reduce Murders, Cases Of Missing Indigenous People
(Oklahoma) -- Republican and Democratic state lawmakers are rolling out a series of bills to combat what they call the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous people...

1/28/2020

article Crisis of missing Indigenous people sparks activists, self-taught searchers to help families awaiting answers
(North Dakota) -- Half a dozen Native and non-Native women alike sat around a table in the lobby of the Plains Art Museum for their monthly meeting on missing and...
article Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Taking a stand against human trafficking
(Washington D.C.) -- Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry affecting nearly 25 million people around the world.

1/27/2020

article More than 1,000 people attend Selena Not Afraid's funeral in Montana
(Montana) -- After Selena Not Afraid’s funeral service in the Hardin High gym ended, her aunt Cheryl Horn stood along the path in Fairview Cemetery directing...
article Missing Marine’s family relying on tribal government for help
(Arizona) -- The twin sister of a missing Arizona Marine veteran said Sunday night she was grateful to get help from officials at the San Carlos Indian reservation....
article Gov. Noem backs Human-Trafficking Bill introduced at SD Capitol
(South Dakota) -- Legislation to spotlight the crime of human trafficking got a hearing Jan. 24, in the House Judiciary Committee at the State Capitol. House Bill 1047...

1/26/2020

article Movement to highlight missing Native women expands to males
(Arizona) -- Margaret Bitsue’s days are filled with prayer: that her son has a clear mind and that he remembers home, a traditional Navajo hogan at the end of a...
article Two recent events have sparked new conversations about improving race relations in Riverton. But will they result in more than talk?
(Wyoming) -- Braving temperatures in the single digits, with a Confederate flag flying in a yard across the street, about 200 community members filed off buses or out of...
article Second missing and murdered Indigenous people group could form in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming’s task force tackling issues related to missing and murdered Indigenous people continues, with one lawmaker recently saying she’s...
article More than 1,000 people attend Selena Not Afraid's funeral in Hardin
(Montana) -- After Selena Not Afraid's funeral service in the Hardin High gym ended, her aunt Cheryl Horn stood along the path in Fairview Cemetery directing people...
article Photos: Selena Not Afraid funeral
(Montana) -- Hundreds of friends and family turned out during the funeral for Selena Not Afraid on Sunday in Montana. Authorities say the teen died from hypothermia.
article A remembrance ceremony about indigenous women held to raise awareness
(South Dakota) -- At two the community gathered to remember Selena Not Afraid and all other indigenous women. The U.S Department of Justice found that American Indian...
article 'Not going to give up, ever': 11 years after disappearance, Claudette Osborne-Tyo's family looking for answers
(Manitoba) -- Claudette Osborne-Tyo made her last known phone call 11 years ago at a payphone on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg's North End. For the past nine years, her...
article Melissa Eagleshield went missing 5 years ago. Thousands more Indigenous people have vanished since
(Minnesota) -- It’s been five years since Linda Anderson last saw her daughter. And she hasn’t stopped looking since. Her daughter Melissa Eagleshield, then...

1/24/2020

article Missing, murdered indigenous women movement ignites in Mountain West
(Montana) -- Recent gripping headline news stories concerning missing Native American women have highlighted what a widespread and untold story this has become over the...
article Missing, murdered indigenous women movement ignites in Mountain West
(Wyoming) -- Recent gripping headline news stories concerning missing Native American women have highlighted what a widespread and untold story this has become over the...
article RCMP investigate latest tip in Amber Tuccaro murder
(Alberta) -- Investigators are probing a new tip into the disappearance and murder of Amber Tuccaro. The 20-year-old mother went missing in 2010 from the Leduc area. Her...

1/23/2020

article Autopsy: Missing Hardin girl Selena Not Afraid died of hypothermia
(Montana) -- There was no indication of violence, Undersheriff Eric Winburn told The Billings Gazette. Toxicology tests are pending and could take several weeks, he said...
article Crow Chairman calls on Montana attorney general to help investigate teen's death
(Montana) -- Crow Tribe officials called on Montana's attorney general to assist in the investigation into the death of Selena Not Afraid. Selena, 16, went missing...

1/22/2020

article New app aims to reduce number of missing and murdered Native women
(Washington) -- Clyde Ford founded his software company, Entegra Analytics, as a business, but also as a way to use software for social justice. His work has led him to...
article ‘Honor her spirit’: Candlelight vigil held at MSU for teen found dead on Monday
(Montana) -- A crowd of about 100 people braved the cold for a candlelight vigil for a teenage girl whose body was found Monday after being missing since the beginning...
article Missing Standing Rock Reservation mother found safe in Dallas
(North Dakota) -- A Standing Rock Reservation mother missing for more than two months has been found safe, the tribe and the family of Kara Lynn Mauai announced...

1/21/2020

article Candlelight vigil planned in Missoula for Selena Not Afraid
(Montana) -- A candlelight vigil is planned for Wednesday in Missoula to honor Selena Not Afraid. Not Afraid's body was recovered in Big Horn County on Monday, not...
article No foul play in Selena Not Afraid's death
(Montana) -- Despite initial information from local authorities that they found no foul play in 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid's death. Big Horn County Attorney Jay...
article Selena Not Afraid: Please ‘share Selena’s pictures and story’
(Montana) -- Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid’s family encouraged people to wear red today in honor of the 16-year-old who was a member of the Crow Nation. Not...
article Lesson of the Day: ‘Rural Montana Had Already Lost Too Many Native Women. Then Selena Disappeared.’
(Montana) -- In this lesson, students will learn about the crisis of missing Native American women and the response from communities, law enforcement and politicians....

1/20/2020

article Body of Selena Not Afraid found within mile of rest stop where she was last seen
(Montana) -- The body of missing teen Selena Not Afraid was found Monday morning within a mile of the I-90 rest area where she was reported last seen, according to Big...
article Inmates help the ‘Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’ organization
(South Dakota) -- In the United States, Native American women are more than twice as likely to experience violence than any other demographic. Some are murdered, others...

1/19/2020

article Rural Montana Had Already Lost Too Many Native Women. Then Selena Disappeared.
(Montana) -- Jackie Big Hair slept in her car again, waking every few hours to fire up the engine and gaze at the frozen highway rest stop where her 16-year-old daughter...
article Task Force On Violence Against Native Women Stalled In Madison
(Wisconsin) -- Last October, bills were introduced in the legislature to create a task force on missing and murdered tribal women and girls, to be comprised of a...
article Red Dress and Skirt Making in Honor of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women
(Minnesota) -- Indigenous women gathered this weekend to make red skirts, dresses, and shawls in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women. In 2016 alone there were...
article In Provo, Marchers Draw Attention To Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women
(Utah) -- Growing up as a young Navajo girl here, Erin Tapahe would get upset that every time she left the house, her parents fell into the same routine. They’d...
article Women react to Northern Nevada marching for justice and equality
(Nevada) -- The Women's March is more than just a walk, Carol Williams, who belongs to the Toi Ticutta tribe in Fallon said, it's a platform that gives hundreds...
article Lipstick to learning: indigenous women using businesses to end violence
(Ontario) -- When Jenn Harper dreamed of a young native Canadian girl in lip gloss she knew she had found a way to help her community. The dream in 2015 prompted her to...

1/18/2020

article Women Rising: Band of demonstrators gather for Sioux Falls Women's March
(South Dakota) -- A small band of people trekked through snow and strong winds Saturday, gathering for the Sioux Falls Women's March. The group barely surpassed 100...
article Women’s March in Provo focuses on sexual assault awareness, violence against Native American women
(Utah) -- Hundreds of Utah County residents met at Pioneer Park in Provo on a sunny and clear-skied Saturday morning before walking to the Utah County Health and Justice...

1/17/2020

article Meskwaki PD still seeking missing woman
(Iowa) -- Five years ago on Jan. 16, 2015, Tribal member Rita Janelle Papakee was last seen at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. She has not been heard from since. Over...

1/16/2020

article Five years later, still no sign of missing Meskwaki woman
(Iowa) -- Rita Papakee was last seen in Tama County leaving the Meskwaki Bingo Casino five years ago, today there is still no trace of her whereabouts. Papakee was last...
article Meskwaki police still working to uncover leads in Rita Papakee's 2015 disappearance
(Iowa) -- Thursday marks five years since a woman from the Meskwaki Settlement disappeared. Rita Papakee was last seen leaving the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel on January...
article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: A Continental Crisis
(North Dakota) -- The lack of accounting for missing and murdered Indigenous people in the United States is being called a “data crisis” by the National...
article North Dakota panel sees progress but more to do for missing, murdered Native people
(North Dakota) -- A new federal task force holds promise for the tragedy of missing and murdered Native women and girls. But more work remains to improve reporting,...
article Listening Sessions To Inform Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Law
(Oregon) -- State police and government officials are visiting tribal communities on reservations and in urban areas to discuss House Bill 2625. Signed into law last...
article Tester urges update, more FBI, BIA resources on day 15 of search for missing Hardin girl
(Montana) -- More than two weeks after a 16-year-old Hardin girl disappeared, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester asked the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to commit all available...

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