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MMIWG report missed chance to change how deaths are investigated, says Indigenous forensic pathologist

No one needed to explain to Kona Williams, Canada's first Indigenous forensic pathologist, why it was so important for Canada to hold a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

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7/17/2019

press release Governor Gordon Creates Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Task Force
(Wyoming) -- Governor Mark Gordon announced today he has appointed members to a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Task Force. The Governor was inspired to create...

7/16/2019

article 2 homeless men found the remains of a Native American woman in a freezer, nearly 9 months after she went missing
(Washington) -- On October 2, a friend picked up Rosenda Strong at her sister's house for a night out at a casino. The 31-year-old mother-of-four was never seen...
article Missing Native American Woman Found Dead in Freezer Nearly a Year After Vanishing
(Washington) -- It was not the homecoming they hoped for. The relatives of Rosenda Strong finally have her back among them. But it is only her body, and not the spirit...
article Missing in Oklahoma: State could take steps to curb 'epidemic' of missing Native American women
(Oklahoma) -- Rebecca Ponkilla still remembers the last moment she saw her daughter. She hugged Ida Beard inside their El Reno home as her daughter’s friends...
article Federal agencies missed 2nd deadline for tribal safety bills
(Washington D.C.) -- For the second month in a row, U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on...
article Vancouver’s Rainforest Trail Run aims to promote participation of indigenous people
(British Columbia) -- There is a new five-kilometre trail race taking place in Greater Vancouver’s Central Park in Burnaby. It is named the Rainforest Trail Run...

7/15/2019

article Family, friends gather in Toppenish to remember missing woman recently found
(Washington) -- Cissy Strong Reyes stood at Old Timers Plaza in early May with dozens of other people who gathered to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous...
article How these Native American women found the strength to heal through running: 'We're protecting each other'
(Indian Country) -- At 29, Sarah Agaton Howes weighed over 200 pounds and was told by doctors that she could be at risk for diabetes if she didn't adopt a healthier...
article 'My sister is coming home now': Native woman being laid to rest after going missing
(Washington) -- The remains of Rosenda Strong, a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation who went missing last year, have been recovered in...
article Remains of missing Native American woman discovered in freezer
(Washington) -- The remains of a missing Native American woman in Washington state have been discovered in a freezer — and her death has been classified as a...

7/14/2019

article Community remembers Rosenda Strong during candlelight vigil
(Washington) -- Friends, family and strangers came together for a candlelight vigil to mourn Rosenda Strong, Sunday night. The vigil began at 8:00 in Pioneer Park. While...
article Family, friends gather in Toppenish to remember missing woman recently found
(Washington) -- Cissy Strong Reyes stood at Old Timers Plaza in early May with dozens of other people who gathered to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous...
article The remains of a Native American woman who went missing in October have been found
(Washington) -- The remains of a Native American woman from Washington who went missing in 2018 have been found, according to a statement from the Yakima County Coroner...

7/12/2019

article "We have her back; not the way we wanted." Body near Toppenish confirmed as Rosenda Strong
(Washington) -- Cissy Strong Reyes last saw her younger sister, Rosenda Sophia Strong, on Oct. 2. An acquaintance came to their home in Wapato and picked Rosenda up for...
article Body found in freezer near Toppenish confirmed to be Rosenda Strong, authorities say
(Washington) -- Authorities confirmed Friday that remains found in a freezer near Toppenish on July 4 were Rosenda Sophia Strong, who was reported missing last year....
article Prominent Cree elder says RCMP failed the family of Ashley Morin, missing for more than a year
(Saskatchewan) -- Eugene Arcand did not mince words. "The system has tried to destroy my people and tried to destroy me," he said. "I have nothing to lose...

7/11/2019

article Senate Bill Would Boost Resources for Missing, Murdered Indigenous Persons Cases
(Washington D.C.) -- In 2016, only about 2% of the more than 5,700 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls were logged with the U.S. Justice Department...

7/10/2019

article Cowlitz Tribe activist to speak at Rotary meeting
(Washington) -- Maple Valley residents have a chance to meet an activist working for the rights of Native American women. “Maple Valley Rotary welcomes Rosalie Fish, a...
article Disappearance of Ashley Morin now believed to be a homicide, say RCMP
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan RCMP now believe Ashley Morin, a Saskatchewan woman last seen July 10, 2018, is the victim of a homicide, they announced on Wednesday, the...

7/9/2019

article Outdoors industry taps into Southern Ute methane capture project
(Colorado) -- When Wyoming-based and California-based organizations decided to reduce their carbon footprints, they turned to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s...
article B.C. man finishes walk across Canada for MMIWG, but says his work isn't over
(British Columbia) -- Matthew Jefferson walked 8,275 kilometres with a 25-kilogram bag on his back. The 33-year-old man from the Wet'suwet'en First Nation in...

7/6/2019

article COLUMN: Real solutions needed for issues facing Indigenous Peoples
(Canada) -- In recent weeks, the Canadian media has been saturated with articles on issues related to Indigenous Peoples. Reports, statements, declarations, apologies...

7/5/2019

article Levels of violence against young women in Northern Canada triple rest of country
(Canada) -- Young women and girls living in the northern parts of Canada are three times more likely to be victims of violent crimes than women from Southern Canada,...
article Annual Tamra Keepness barbecue marks anniversary of disappearance
(Saskatchewan) -- The Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services (RT/SIS) hosted the annual barbecue for Tamra Keepness, who was five-years-old when she went missing in 2004....
article Winnipeg football player reps MMIWG face paint at U.S. tournament
(California) -- Before hitting the gridiron on a California First Nation last week, Nick Wakos brushed black paint on his hand, pressed his palm to his face, and wept...

7/4/2019

article Mi'kmaw law expert urges Canadians to move beyond MMIWG genocide debate
(Nova Scotia) -- An expert in Indigenous law at Dalhousie University says the finding of genocide by the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls...
article 'Everybody's baby': Police, family reflect on disappearance of Tamra Keepness
(Saskatchewan) -- Retired police corporal Jim Pratt remembers standing on a road on the outskirts of Regina as a team of searchers walked through a yellow canola field....

7/3/2019

article ‘Missing and murdered:’ Indigenous women at risk in U.S., Canada
(North America) -- A new awareness of the number of missing and murdered indigenous women on reservations and tribal lands in the United States and Canada is raising the...
article Minnesota Establishes MMIWG Taskforce
(Minnesota) -- Legislation authored by Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton) to create a new state task force to address the endemic of missing and...

7/2/2019

article Study gendered impacts of resource development: MMIWG inquiry
(Northwest Territories) -- Before a resource development project goes ahead, it should be assessed for risks it poses to Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people....
article New Law Could Identify Number of Missing Native American Women in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Taylor Baldeagle wears a beaded necklace every day that belongs to his missing daughter Sharon Baldeagle. "She travels with me, no matter where I...

7/1/2019

article Navajo Activists Seek Solutions For Tracking Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation officials are working to increase efforts to track the number of tribal members who are missing and murdered, as federal legislation to...

6/30/2019

article New law protects missing Native American Women
(South Dakota) -- A new law in South Dakota will focus in on missing Native American women. The law takes effect July 1 and received unanimous support in the South...
article Rep. Mickey Dollens Proposes MMIW Task Force To Address Unsolved Cases
(Oklahoma) -- A state representative is looking to address the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Oklahoma. Rep. Mickey Dollens’s proposal for a new...

6/29/2019

article Hay River woman honours MMIWG movement through photographs
(Canada) -- Michelle Buckley has a very personal connection to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement. When she was just six years old, her sister...
article New Mexico mural focuses on missing Native American women
(New Mexico) -- A new mural in southern New Mexico seeks to honor missing and slain Native Americans amid a nationwide push to bring more attention to the issue. The Las...

6/28/2019

article New law focuses on missing indigenous women
(South Dakota) -- A new South Dakota law is aimed at gaining an understanding of how many Native American women are missing or murdered in the state. The law, which...

6/27/2019

article Many missing and murdered indigenous women remain unknown. These are the cases we do know
(South Dakota) -- A new state law will require the state Division of Criminal Investigation to collect data on missing and murdered indigenous people, and create...
article We don’t know how many Native American women are missing in S.D. That’s about to change.
(South Dakota) -- Taylor Baldeagle wears a beaded necklace every day that belongs to his missing daughter Sharon Baldeagle. "She travels with me, no matter where I...
article Jenaya Wapemoose's disappearance now considered 'suspicious,' Regina police say
(Saskatchewan) -- The disappearance of a Cowessess First Nation woman is now being considered suspicious, Regina police say. Jenaya Wapemoose, 22, was living in Regina...

6/26/2019

article Study Requested on Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women
(Oklahoma) -- State Rep. Mickey Dollens has requested an interim study to address the knowledge gap regarding which brand of local government would respond when an...

6/25/2019

article Missing or murdered? In America's deadliest state, one family is still searching for answers
(Alaska) -- She wore her hair down to cover bruises on her neck and collarbone. She’d go days without speaking to her family, explaining later that her husband...
article 'Think about the girls': 100s of painted rocks placed in Winnipeg to remember MMIWG
(Manitoba) -- Many missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls have left few traces behind, but a Winnipeg woman is memorializing them in a tangible, colourful way...

6/24/2019

article Canada Reckons With Genocide
(Canada) -- Every page of testimony from Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is heartbreaking. It is a mammoth effort...
article Ottawa to put $13M toward projects to honour lives of MMIWG
(Ottawa) -- The federal government will provide more than $13 million for community-led projects to help honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous...

6/23/2019

article MMIW: Indian Affairs Deputy on Montana Talks
(Montana) -- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) has been one of the top stories here in Montana over the past year. It's a concern shared by lawmakers on...
article New Minnesota laws to take effect on July 1
(Minnesota) -- Starting July 1, Minnesotans who rape their spouses can be charged with sexual assault, wage theft becomes a crime and drug manufacturers will help...

6/22/2019

article New Mexico mural focuses on missing Native American women
(New Mexico) -- A new mural in southern New Mexico seeks to honor missing and slain Native Americans amid a nationwide push to bring more attention to the issue.

6/21/2019

article Feds Show Up Unprepared For Hearing On Murdered And Missing Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate is finally focusing on the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women, and the Trump administration sent over two top officials to...
article Rosalie Fish of Muckleshoot Tribal is raising awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington) -- Rosalie Fish of Muckleshoot Tribal won several medals at the 1B Washington State Track and Field Championships in Cheney, Wa. in May, 2019. She painted...
article Other Views: Giving Voice to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington) -- High school track star Rosalie Fish is a class act. At the recent Class 1B meet at Eastern Washington University, she ran not only to win but to share a...
article Saskatchewan to continue using ‘birth alerts’ to track Indigenous babies despite MMIW inquiry’s call to sto
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatchewan government says it will continue to track or seize at-risk babies, despite a call to stop from the inquiry into missing and murdered...
article Indigenous women in Redding to bring awareness to missing tribal member
(California) -- Indigenous women gathered in Redding on Friday to bring awareness to the mysterious disappearance of a tribal member. Jessica Michelle Nicole Willison...
article Sunny Sramek Missing: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
(Nebraska) -- The FBI has joined the search for missing 18-year-old Sunny Sramek. Sramek was last seen on Saturday, April 20, leaving her home in Trenton, Nebraska to...

6/20/2019

article Opinion: Native Women Are Getting Murdered. This Is How We Stop It.
(Washington D.C.) -- The many recent stories of abused, murdered and missing Native American women make for grim reading. There’s Ashley Loring HeavyRunner, whose...
article Senate lawmakers express 'utter frustration' with Trump administration's commitment to public safety in tribal communities
(Washington D.C.) -- As violence against women, children and law enforcement continues to rise in tribal communities, lawmakers met to discuss bipartisan legislation on...
article Senate's push for Native American safety a bipartisan effort
(Washington D.C.) -- Proposed bills seek to reduce violence against Native American women and children. Amid a movement to increase awareness of the deaths and...
article Senators Flay Trump Admin for Total Failure Over Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Six months after the same committee tore into the FBI for not having any reasonable answers for its failure of Native women, the Trump...
article Who are the missing Native women and how do we find them?
(Washington) -- On the Yakama reservation the phrase be careful is often repeated to Yakama women. Still, many outside the Yakama Nation are unaware of the long history...
article Federal Court rules in RCMP's favour in battle with MMIWG inquiry over case files
(Canada) -- The RCMP has won a legal battle to withhold two files from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, after arguing their...
article Family Hopes Increase In Reward May Help Locate Missing Montana Woman
(Montana) -- Jermain Austin Charlo has been missing for exactly a year as of Sunday. But her family hopes that answers are on the way. That's because the...

6/19/2019

article Senators press feds on commitment to Native American safety
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children...
article Tribal Advocates Urge Passage of Anti-Violence Bills
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American advocates told lawmakers on a Senate panel Wednesday that tribal police should have jurisdiction over violent cases committed by non...
article Trump administration unprepared for hearing on #MMIW and tribal jurisdiction bills
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration came under fire for showing up unprepared to a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday afternoon....
article Time will tell if inquiry a success: Cowichan Tribes chief
(British Columbia) -- Cowichan Tribes Chief William (Chip) Seymour is challenging the federal government to act quickly on the more than 200 recommendations contained in...
article In a Backlash Year, Can Debora Juarez Win a Second Term?
(Washington) -- It’s raining hard in Lake City as Debora Juarez runs through the north Seattle neighborhood’s farmers market, carrying a clear umbrella and...
article Was accused an accessory to triple slaying or eyeing 'self-preservation'?
(Ontario) -- Kirsten Bomberry knew full well what could happen if she were linked to a triple homicide. She didn’t want that scrutiny, her defence lawyer, Ian...
press release Bills introduced to mitigate MMIW crisis in indian country
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Steve Daines has introduced two pieces of legislation intended to combat the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis occurring...

6/18/2019

article Genocide or not, do Canadians care about their Indigenous sisters?
(Canada) -- “Mom, they might not look for her if we said she is Aboriginal.” Tears streamed from Kim McPherson’s eyes as she recounted the distressing...
article Why this senator pushed stiffer penalties for violent crimes against Indigenous women
(Canada) -- For years, Independent Sen. Lillian Dyck has been pushing for harsher sentences for those who attack Indigenous women — and now the government has...
article Report criticizes Washington State Patrol's efforts to locate missing Native American women
(Washington) -- The number of Native American women officially listed as missing is now upwards of 50 in Washington, leading families and communities to wonder what is...
article Washington state takes landmark step on missing Native American women
(Washington) -- Hundreds of people packed into the nondescript meeting room in southern Washington state to share the stories of Native American women who vanished years...

6/17/2019

article 'It's time for implementation': UN High Commissioner urges Ottawa to develop national MMIWG action plan
(Canada) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is putting pressure on Canada to implement the findings of the National Inquiry into Missing and...
article New Mexico mural focuses on missing Native American women
(New Mexico) -- A new mural in southern New Mexico seeks to honor missing and slain Native Americans amid a nationwide push to bring more attention to the issue. The Las...
article VIDEO: Missing and Murdered Native American Women Report delivered to State Legislature details facts and heartache
(Washington) -- The Washington State Patrol report summarizes the feedback and criticism from Native communities in regards to law enforcement efforts to find the...

6/16/2019

article Majority of Canadians agree Indigenous women victims of 'genocide,' new poll suggests
(Canada) -- Most Canadians agree that the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women amount to genocide, a new poll suggests. But the Leger poll also suggests there...
article MMIWG recommendations prompt additional training for Alberta legal aid lawyers
(Alberta) -- Two weeks after the MMIWG released its recommendations on reconciliation, lawyers working for Legal Aid Alberta say they need to do better in representing...
article Putting the spotlight on missing and murdered indigenous men
(South Dakota) -- The movement for missing and murdered indigenous women is no stranger to this area, but on Sunday several groups were spreading the word on missing and...
article Washington state takes step forward on missing Native American women
(Washington) -- Hundreds of people packed into the nondescript meeting room in southern Washington state to share the stories of Native American women who vanished years...
article EDITORIAL: Giving voice to missing and murdered indigenous women
(Washington) -- High school track star Rosalie Fish is a class act. At the recent Class 1B meet at Eastern Washington University, she ran not only to win but to share a...
article Families of Missing Indigenous Women March in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Families and friends of missing or slain American Indian women and girls are again calling for justice for their loved ones. About 200 people gathered...

6/15/2019

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

6/14/2019

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

6/13/2019

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

6/12/2019

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

6/11/2019

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

6/10/2019

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

6/9/2019

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

6/8/2019

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

6/7/2019

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

6/6/2019

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

6/5/2019

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

6/4/2019

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

6/3/2019

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

6/2/2019

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

6/1/2019

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

5/31/2019

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

5/29/2019

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

5/28/2019

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

5/26/2019

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

5/25/2019

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

5/24/2019

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

5/23/2019

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

5/22/2019

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

5/20/2019

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

5/19/2019

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

5/14/2019

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

5/13/2019

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

5/12/2019

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

5/11/2019

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

5/10/2019

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

5/8/2019

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

5/7/2019

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

5/6/2019

article Our stolen sisters
(Oregon) -- A paper lantern rose gently in the breeze and promptly caught on fire. The lantern launch happened Sunday evening at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute as...
article 'We need to give a damn': Group gathers to remember missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Arizona) -- She lived. She inspired. Those were the words written on two different hearts in between dozens of others featuring names of missing and murdered Indigenous...
article In Arizona, only about 1 in 3 murders of Native Americans get disclosed in FBI crime report
(Arizona) -- A study released by a non-profit that examines unsolved murders has found that half of all Native American deaths in the U.S. go unreported to the FBI. In...

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