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Presidential Task force heads to Michigan for American Indians experiencing high rates of violence

Earlier this week, a federal task force announced a series of field consultations and listening sessions to help American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives will be heading near Traverse City in May.

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9/23/2020

article Utah’s new Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls task force is finally coming together
(Utah) -- When Meskee Yanabah Yatsayte started Navajo Nation Missing Persons Updates seven years ago, she’d never heard of the acronym MMIWG, which stands for...
article Slight dip in Montana missing persons reports in September
(Montana) -- Montana has seen a slight decrease in the number of missing persons reports, as the U.S. House passed several pieces of legislation addressing the high rate...

9/22/2020

article Regina mother fighting Canada, RCMP in memory of missing daughter
(Saskatchewan) -- On Monday, Justice Glennys McVeigh began hearing arguments on whether to certify a class-action lawsuit for lack of action on missing and murdered...

9/21/2020

article Congress Finally Passes Bill To Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- After years of unnecessary delays, the House passed legislation on Monday to help law enforcement respond to a horrifying and largely invisible...
article Two pieces of legislation addressing MMIW crisis on their way to the White House
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American women and girls know their heritage puts them at risk. They tell each other to take care. They all know it is easy for someone to...
article Justice Department Awards Nearly $101 Million to Combat Human Trafficking
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice today announced it has awarded nearly $101 million, through the department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in...

9/13/2020

press release Another community search, but still no word about what happened to Nome woman missing for 2 weeks
(Alaska) -- Law enforcement including members of the FBI and dozens of volunteers spent hours looking for Florence Okpealuk Saturday. She was last seen in late August.
article Sheriff: Cross-deputization of tribal police should help repair trust
(California) -- In the late 1980s, a then-Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputy named Kevin Christie stood trial two times on charges related to molesting a 13-...

9/11/2020

article For years, Bristol Bay has raised awareness of MMIW. Alaska's new cold case office aims to help
(Alaska) -- Tribal Judge Ingrid Cumberlidge is the state's first Missing and Murdered Indeginous Persons coordinator. Cumberlidge is Aleut and Tlingit. She’s...

9/10/2020

article Not Invisible: Advocates for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Asked for Justice Outside Humboldt County Courthouse Yesterday Evening
(California) -- Last night, in front of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, a large crowd of demonstrators gathered to bring awareness to the disproportionate...

9/9/2020

article For years, Bristol Bay has raised awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Alaska’s new cold case office aims to help
(Alaska) -- Tribal Judge Ingrid Cumberlidge is the state’s first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator. Cumberlidge is Aleut and Tlingit. She’s...

9/3/2020

article For years, Bristol Bay has raised awareness of MMIW. Alaska's new cold case office aims to help
(Alaska) -- The new federal initiative to track cold cases for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons is up and running in Alaska. In Bristol Bay, local activists and...
article Missing, murdered task force calls for unity
(New Mexico) -- Native women are up to 10 times more at risk of being murdered than any other group of women in the United States, according to federal justice reports.
article Task Force for MMIW created
(Minnesota) -- In November 2019, The Trump Administration launched the Executive Order on Establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska...
article Native rights group backs Kake in lawsuit over emergency subsistence hunt
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native rights group is backing the federal subsistence board’s decision to allow a village in Southeast Alaska to hunt out of season during...

9/1/2020

article Cold case units focus on missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Alaska) -- Ida Rose Jacomet, 37, was last seen Oct. 2, 1975, at the Circle M Bar on an old highway near Fairbanks, Alaska. The only clue left behind was that her purse...
article Search underway for missing woman believed to be in Rapid City area or on Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety is asking for help to find a missing woman.

8/30/2020

article Search continues for Sonya Cywink’s killer for over a quarter of a century
(Ontario) -- Twenty-six years after Sonya Cywink's body was found near Iona, Ont. her sister believes they are inching closer to finding her killer. "The unique...

8/29/2020

article Cold case units to focus on missing, murdered Indigenous women in U.S.
(Alaska) -- Ida Rose Jacomet, 37, was last seen Oct. 2, 1975, at the Circle M Bar on an old highway near Fairbanks, Alaska. The only clue left behind was that her purse...
article Data issues are hiding true number of missing, murdered Indigenous women
(California) -- The true number of murdered and missing Indigenous women is far from known. A recent report produced by the Yurok Tribe and the Sovereign Bodies...

8/28/2020

article Cold case units to focus on missing, murdered Indigenous women in U.S.
(Alaska) -- Ida Rose Jacomet, 37, was last seen Oct. 2, 1975, at the Circle M Bar on an old highway near Fairbanks, Alaska. The only clue left behind was that her purse...
article NAC: Hope for closing cold cases?
(Indian Country) -- The U.S. Department of Justice opened six offices around the country dedicated to solving Native missing and murdered cold cases. There are...

8/27/2020

article Oshkosh Police Looking For Missing Woman
(Wisconsin) -- Oshkosh Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. 33-year old Jaclyn Smith was last seen a week ago, about 6:00 p.m. at...
article BIA opens Anchorage office to investigate cold cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people
(Alaska) -- The statistics are appalling: 30% of Alaska murder victims are Indigenous people, even though they are just 16% of the state’s population. Federal...
article Cold Case Office in Alaska will investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people
(Alaska) -- Anchorage is now home to one of seven cold case offices opening across the country that will be dedicated to investigating hundreds of cases of missing and...

8/26/2020

article Never Forget: Blackfeet teen shares her MMIW message in rodeo arena
(Montana) -- Her ride on the bucking horse was short. But the message she carried drew a big applause from the crowd at the Brash Blue Moon rodeo last week. But then...
article Cold Case Units Focus on Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women
(Alaska) -- Ida Rose Jacomet, 37, was last seen Oct. 2, 1975, at the Circle M Bar on an old highway near Fairbanks, Alaska. The only clue left behind was that her purse...
article ‘Monumental moment’: Cold case office opens to investigate missing and murdered indigenous people
(Alaska) -- Anchorage has become the sixth place in the nation to open a cold case office meant to investigate missing and murdered indigenous people. State, federal and...
article Trump Administration Opens Operation Lady Justice Task Force Cold Case Office in Anchorage, Alaska
(Alaska) -- Today, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney was in Anchorage, Alaska, to open the sixth office to investigate cold cases involving...

8/25/2020

article Disappointed in RCMP, First Nations communities start their own alert system
(Nova Scotia) -- There are still many unanswered questions about the alleged abduction of a 14-year-old girl in Cape Breton, specifically why an alert wasn't issued...
article The Search For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women
(Montana) -- Kaysera Stops Pretty Places was 18 years old when she was found dead in the backyard of a Hardin, Montana home. She was a member of the Crow/Northern...

8/23/2020

article 120-year survey finds 1 in 5 of state’s cases of missing, murdered Indigenous women in Humboldt County
(California) -- Humboldt County tops the list of California regions with the largest number of missing and murdered indigenous girls, women and two spirit people, a...

8/22/2020

article Art installation in progress aims to become healing space for families of MMIWG
(Manitoba) -- A new art installation in Selkirk, Man., is being created to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and it is being spearheaded by a woman...

8/21/2020

article Police find evidence, but still haven't located missing Cape Breton teen
(Nova Scotia) -- Police say they have found evidence of a missing Cape Breton teen, but 14-year-old Mary (Molly) Martin has not been found. On Friday, Nova Scotia RCMP...

8/20/2020

article Emergency alert issued for missing Cape Breton teen
(Nova Scotia) -- The RCMP sent out an emergency alert for 14-year-old Mary (Molly) Martin early Thursday. Her community, the We'koqma'q First Nation in Cape...
article New information needed to find missing teen in northern Manitoba, RCMP say
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba RCMP are looking for new information about a teen from northern Manitoba who has been missing for a month, after an investigation and several...

8/18/2020

article Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Wisconsin Task Force worry about funding, effect of Trump's new task force
(Wisconsin) -- Supporters and organizers of the newly created Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Wisconsin Task Force are concerned about how the group's efforts...
article Police search for missing 14-year-old girl from Eskasoni, N.S.
(Nova Scotia) -- Nova Scotia RCMP are seeking help from the public in the search for 14-year-old Mary (Molly) Martin, of We’koqma’q First Nation, who was...

8/17/2020

article Group Gathers to Remember Faith Hedgepeth, Other Indigenous Women
(North Carolina) -- “This just didn’t begin last week, last month or last year. This began with Christopher Columbus.” That’s how the emcee began...
article Tina Fontaine death marks 6-year anniversary
(Winnipeg) -- Monday marks six years since Tina Fontaine’s body was discovered in the Red River in Winnipeg. The young teen was originally from Sagkeeng First...

8/16/2020

article Canso Causeway to be shut down for 2 hours Sunday in honour of Chantel Moore, MMIWG
(Nova Scotia) -- A shutdown of the Canso Causeway is planned Sunday evening to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, two-spirit and LGBTQ...
article Operation Lady Justice Task Force's Fifth Cold Case Office Opens at the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney announced today that the fifth of seven offices being established under the Operation Lady...

8/14/2020

article Montana sees 22% increase in missing persons cases over summer
(Montana) -- The number of missing persons cases reported in Montana has spiked since February, according to data from the Department of Justice. From February to August...
article Cold case office for missing and murdered Indigenous peoples opens in Phoenix
(Arizona) -- Gila River Indian Community Police Department is now home to one of seven new national cold case offices investigating missing and murdering Indigenous...

8/13/2020

article Arizona 'cold case' office will address Native murder and missing person cases
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will open its newest “cold case” office in the Gila River Indian Community south...
article Indigenous women lead push for MMIW task force
(Wisconsin) -- A 2019 bill aiming to create a task force focused on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, or MMIW, failed to come up for a vote in Madison. Attorney...

8/12/2020

article New office in New Mexico to focus on Indigenous cold cases
(New Mexico) -- U.S. officials have opened an office in New Mexico dedicated to investigating cold cases involving Indigenous people who are missing or have been killed...

8/11/2020

article More Than 1,200 Women And Girls Have Gone Missing In Peru During The Pandemic And Officials Think They Know Why
(Peru) -- Apart from combating the Coronavirus, Peru has suffered a heartbreaking increase in the number of missing women and girls. Just as hundreds of thousands of...

8/10/2020

article Local MMIW Advocates Express Mixed Reactions To New Federal Cold Case Offices
(Wyoming) -- This week, a federal cold case task force office opened in Billings to investigate unresolved cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous people [MMIP]. It...
article The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Human Rights Emergency is Not a Photo-Op for Ivanka Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- We need to be clear about what is needed to address this crisis, and it is not a photo-op where our sacred symbols of high office are degraded by...
article A Rapid City mural dedicated to the voices of MMIW
(South Dakota) -- While the coronavirus still lingers, there is another crisis that remains too. As more legislation was discussed, a new cold case-building opened up in...

8/8/2020

article ‘The ugly truth’: Campaign launches in Minnesota to stop human trafficking
(Minnesota) -- The Your Call MN campaign just launched in Minnesota. The campaign provides a place for trafficking victims to seek help, and a place for individuals to...

8/7/2020

article Assistant Sec. Of Indian Affairs: Tribes Are "Not Alone" In Combating Violence Against Native People
(Wyoming) -- Across Indian Country, federal cold case task force offices are opening to investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people. They're part of...
article MMIW Cold Case Office Opens In Billings
(Montana) -- A federal office to investigate cold cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people opened in Billings on Aug. 6. The office is part of the Trump...

8/6/2020

article Federal MMIP cold case office opens in Billings
(Montana) -- A federal office meant to solve cold cases in Indian Country opened Thursday in Billings, one of seven across the nation meant to address missing and...
article Two Inuit women killed within three-week period remembered as smiling, kind
(Quebec) -- The deaths of two Inuit women in downtown Montreal within a three-week period have shaken an already fragile community. On Wednesday afternoon, friends...
article Operation Lady Justice Task Force Opens Cold Case Office in Billings, Montana
(Montana) -- Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney announced today the opening of the third of seven offices established under the Operation Lady...

8/5/2020

article Trump-created office for missing Indigenous cases opens in Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- Rapid City’s new office to solve cold cases of missing and murdered indigenous women opened Tuesday. This is the second of seven federal offices...

8/4/2020

article A new cold case office opens to help MMIW’s across the state.
(South Dakota) -- Rapid City now has an office to help solve cold cases involving missing and murdered native women. The first cold case office was opened in Bloomington...
article Rapid City MMIW group offers to help new federal cold case task force
(South Dakota) -- A local group says it wants to help a new Rapid City-based federal cold case unit with the emotional and spiritual needs of relatives of missing and...
article “Pervasive failure to investigate:” Report finds lack of scrutiny in cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women
(California) -- For generations, order and cleanliness had been Christina Lastra’s family’s way of fighting off poverty. But the day in July 1991 when her...
article Podcasts team up to keep Ashley Morin's disappearance in public consciousness
(Saskatchewan) -- Numerous national and international podcasts are sharing an episode about Ashley Morin, a North Battleford, Sask. woman who disappeared two years ago,...

8/3/2020

article “Pervasive failure to investigate:” Report finds lack of scrutiny in cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women
(California) -- For generations, order and cleanliness had been Christina Lastra’s family’s way of fighting off poverty. But the day in July 1991 when her...

8/1/2020

article Justice Department names Diné to coordinate missing, murdered Indigenous people response
(New Mexico) -- A member of the Navajo Nation has been appointed to a U.S. Department of Justice position to help address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous...

7/31/2020

article Lack of awareness and data hinders cases of missing and murdered Native American women
(California) -- Tammy Carpenter was in tears as she drove through a rural stretch of Northern California two years ago to Shasta County, near where her adult daughter,...

7/30/2020

article Lack of awareness, data hinders cases of missing and murdered Native American women, study finds
(Washington D.C.) -- Tammy Carpenter was in tears as she drove through a rural stretch of Northern California two years ago to Shasta County, near where her adult...
article Native Americans are losing daughters and mothers by the thousands. A new study asks why.
(USA) -- Tammy Carpenter was in tears as she drove through a rural stretch of Northern California two years ago to Shasta County, near where her adult daughter, Angela...
article Trump Administration Unveils Cold Case Task Force Offices
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump signed an executive order last year that established the Operation Lady Justice Task Force to directly address missing and...
article Isleta investigator to lead new DOJ initiative
(New Mexico) -- An Isleta Pueblo police investigator will be heading up the federal government’s response to cases involving missing and murdered indigenous people...
article Dozens of Mohawk women turn to social media to open up about sexual assault
(Internet) -- When Victoria Ransom took to social media earlier this week to share her experience with sexual assault, her intention was to encourage those in Akwesasne...

7/29/2020

article Ivanka Trump Wanted her Red Pantsuit to Mean Something. It Didn’t.
(Minnesota) -- Standing at 5-foot-11—over 6 feet if you count the stilettos she’s fond of wearing—Ivanka Trump cuts an imposing figure. Especially in...
article Ivanka Trump’s Empty Spectacle on Violence Against Native Women
(Minnesota) -- The picture tells a nice story: Ivanka Trump—smiling with a big golden key in hand—stands alongside assistant secretary for the Bureau of...
article Former tribal judge to assist in federal effort to combat epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous people in Alaska
(Alaska) -- On July 27, the U.S. Department of Interior announced it will open its first office dedicated to investigating cold cases in what has been called an epidemic...

7/28/2020

article Ivanka Trump accused of 'cheap' stunt for call to solve Native American cold cases
(Minnesota) -- Pledging to bring justice for Native American families afflicted by higher rates of violence, homicide and human trafficking, Ivanka Trump announced the...
article Navajo criminal investigator to head DOJ 'missing and murdered' initiative
(New Mexico) -- United States Attorney John C. Anderson appointed a Navajo criminal investigator to a new position Monday (July 27) that will assist New Mexico's 22...
article Why Is Ivanka Trump Taking Credit For Preventing Violence Against Indigenous Women?
(Minnesota) -- Ivanka Trump, senior White House adviser and President Donald Trump’s daughter, attended the grand opening of the first Missing and Murdered Native...
press release Federal task force on missing, murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives to open Anchorage office
(Alaska) -- Alaska is scheduled to have a federal cold case task force office working on missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native cases. The office in...

7/27/2020

article Grand opening of MMIP cold case investigatory office draws praise, criticism
(Minnesota) -- Trump White House officials paid Minnesota a visit to open the first federal office dedicated to solving cold cases of missing and murdered Native...
article Ivanka Trump accused of 'cheap' stunt for call to solve Native American cold cases
(Minnesota) -- Pledging to bring justice for Native American families afflicted by higher rates of violence, homicide and human trafficking, Ivanka Trump announced the...
article Feds launch first office on missing Indigenous cases
(Washington) -- Native American women and girls know their heritage puts them at risk. They tell each other to take care. They all know it is easy for someone to take...
article Trump Administration Establishes the First Cold Case Task Force Office for Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt, Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Tara...

7/26/2020

article 12 years after disappearance, Claudette Osborne's family 'will never stop searching'
(Manitoba) -- Brenda Osborne walks down Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg's North End and lovingly touches the worn, hand-made signs bearing the picture of her daughter...

7/24/2020

article MMIP online database closer to completion for tribal communities
(Montana) -- After months of development at Blackfeet Community College, a new online database for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) could soon go live in...
article Sexualized violence most common injury among Métis females in care: B.C.
(British Columbia) -- The findings of an investigation into critical injuries and deaths among Métis youth are troubling, British Columbia's children's advocate...
article As far-right militia takes over the Bakken oil fields, rates of missing and murdered indigenous women skyrocket
(North Dakota) -- Yesterday, we drew some highlights from an incredible story by Justin Nobel in DeSmog about how, according to one Three Percenter, “you have a...
article Center For Missing Children Records 1,000th Recovery After Native Wyoming Kids Saved
(Wyoming) -- The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recently reported its 1,000th successful recovery, the rescue of four children in Wyoming. According...

7/22/2020

article CRAPO: Justice for missing, murdered native women
(Washington D.C.) -- While recognizing information on the number of missing Native Americans in the United States is limited, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs...
article Menominee Tribe announces rewards for information on 2 missing tribal members
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Tribe announced that rewards are being offered for information about two tribal members reported missing. Menominee tribal officials were...
article RCMP cold case unit looking into disappearance of N.W.T. teen 30 years ago
(North Canada) -- On the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Charlene Catholique, RCMP in the N.W.T. are renewing their call for any information about the missing...

7/15/2020

article U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Justice for missing, murdered Native women
(Alaska) -- A 2016 report from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicates that more than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native women and men experience...
article U.S. Attorney Appoints Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator for Alaska
(Alaska) -- U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced Tuesday the appointment of E. Ingrid Cumberlidge to serve as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP)...

7/14/2020

article Missing Thunderchild First Nation woman found dead
(Saskatchewan) -- RCMP say the body of a woman missing for a month has been found on the Thunderchild First Nation. DeeDee Steele was last seen on the First Nation on...

7/13/2020

article Crapo: Justice for missing and murdered native woman
(Idaho) -- A 2016 report from the U.S. Department of Justice indicates that more than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native women and men experience violence in...

7/11/2020

article Wisconsin Department of Justice creates missing and murdered Indigenous women task force
(Wisconsin) -- Nationally, murder is the third-leading cause of death for young Indigenous women and girls, according to Centers for Disease control and Prevention data...

7/9/2020

article Department of Justice appoints MI’s first missing, murdered Indigenous persons coordinator
(Michigan) -- Back in November of 2019, Attorney General William Barr launched a national strategy to address missing and murdered Native Americans. The Missing and...
article Protesters march for justice and equality
(Montana) -- The Black Lives Matter/Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women march on the 4th of July here was a spiritual and political display that America is caught in a...

7/8/2020

article FBI official appointed to Michigan Tribes will tackle crisis of missing Indigenous women
(Michigan) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has appointed its first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) coordinator to the Indigenous people of...
article Sen. Bewley Pleased With Kaul's Move For Native Women Task Force
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced recently the formation of a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force. This is good news to a...

7/6/2020

article Task force member survived sexual assault, shares family’s stories
(New Mexico) -- Becky Johnson can best be described as a survivor, a fighter and an advocate. A victim of sexual assault at the age of 13, the 42-year-old Navajo woman...

7/4/2020

article AG Creates Task Force Investigating Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Wisconsin) -- task force has been formed to investigate missing and murdered tribal women in Wisconsin. Attorney General Josh Kaul created the Missing and Murdered...

7/3/2020

article Task Force Created To Investigate Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women In Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- A task force has been formed to investigate missing and murdered tribal women in Wisconsin. Attorney General Josh Kaul created the Missing and Murdered...
article Woman missing since June may have gotten ride from someone before disappearance, tribal police say
(Wisconsin) -- Tribal police in Wisconsin have asked for additional information following reports that a woman who’s been missing since late June may have gotten a...

7/2/2020

article Attorney General launches Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force
(Wisconsin) -- A new task force will help fight the abduction, homicide, and trafficking of Native American women and girls in Wisconsin. Attorney General Josh Kaul...
article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator appointed to Michigan
(Michigan) -- Michigan now has a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Coordinator. The U.S. Attorneys for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan,...
article FBI, family seek clues about woman who went missing 18 years ago
(Colorado) -- Laverda Sorrell was dropped off at the Window Rock School District No. 8 at 11:30 p.m. July 4, 2002. It was the last she was seen by anyone. Sorrell, who...

6/28/2020

article Indigenous Event Highlights Black Activism, Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women
(Oregon) -- A gathering in Eugene’s Owen Rose Garden Sunday afternoon called 'Indigenous Solidarity with Black' was held to show support with the Black...

6/27/2020

article Montana lawmakers discuss proposals to further address missing Indigenous people
(Montana) -- A year after lawmakers passed legislation intended to combat the crisis of missing Native Americans in Montana, legislators are discussing several more...

6/24/2020

article Rallies held to protest violence against women in Yukon
(North Canada) -- Over a hundred people attended two rallies in Yukon on Tuesday aimed at stopping violence against women across the territory. In Whitehorse, several...

6/22/2020

article Gathering in Saskatoon calls for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous people
(Saskatchewan) -- Around two dozen people in Saskatoon gathered in front of City Hall Saturday, calling for justice for murdered and missing Indigenous people. The rally...
article Minnesota inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women looks to Canada for guidance
(Minnesota) -- A state inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in Minnesota is taking lessons from Canada on how to make sure its upcoming report doesn't...

6/21/2020

article Esgenoopetitj teenager creates powerful video to honour MMIWG
(New Brunswick) -- When Willow Francis of the Esgenoopetitj First Nation shared her video project on on the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in...

6/20/2020

article Minnesota inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women looks to Canada for guidance
(Minnesota) -- A state inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in Minnesota is taking lessons from Canada on how to make sure its upcoming report doesn't...
article Oregon missing, murdered indigenous persons coordinator appointed
(Oregon) -- U .S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced Friday the appointment of Cedar Wilkie Gillette to serve as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons...

6/19/2020

article 'She would have been 30': Jennifer Catcheway's family prepares for another summer of searching
(Manitoba) -- The Catcheway family would typically be getting ready right now to host a fundraising barbecue to help pay for the summer search efforts to find their...

6/18/2020

article Non-Indigenous MPP will co-chair Ontario's new Indigenous Women's Advisory Council
(Ontario) -- A community organizer on social issues in the Kenora area says she’s “personally insulted” the Ontario government has named a non-...

6/15/2020

article Elsipogtog youth wins national honours for work on MMIW
(New Brunswick) -- An Elsipogtog youth is being recognized for overcoming personal challenges and spreading the word of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Milee...
article Missing and murdered Native Americans: How to combat the worsening crisis in the U.S.
(USA) -- The U.S. is home to 574 federally recognized tribes with approximately 6.9 million Native Americans and Alaska Native citizens. But despite their population...

6/13/2020

article Jermain Charlo missing two years on Tuesday
(Montana) -- Tuesday will mark two years since Jermain Charlo was last seen alive, an anniversary Valenda Morigeau hoped wouldn't come twice. "When June hits, June just...

6/12/2020

article 'I believe in justice': Fort Smith rally marks failure of feds to release MMIWG plan
(North Canada) -- A rally in Fort Smith Thursday pleaded for action, not more delays, after the federal government postponed the unveiling of its action plan on missing...

6/11/2020

article Bill aims to reduce rates of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls
(California) -- A unanimous California Assembly on June 8 approved a measure to increase collaboration among law enforcement agencies on tribal land to reduce the number...

6/6/2020

article Lack of progress 1 year after MMIWG report 'disheartening,' says Sask. teen
(Saskatchewan) -- Richie Lee said the reality that as an Indigenous teenage girl she could be killed or disappear is never far from her mind. "I could be gone...
article On MMIWG report anniversary, Indigenous leaders left grieving for Chantel Moore
(British Columbia) -- On the one-year anniversary of the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Chantel Moore, a 26-...

6/5/2020

article Family, friends hope to bring 'Justice for Kozee'
(Nebraska) -- The family of a central Wisconsin woman says they're looking for justice after her death on an Indian reservation in Nebraska. Friends and family of...

6/4/2020

article Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women In Utah On Thursday's Access Utah
(Utah) -- A study from the Urban Indian Health Institute found that Utah ranks 8th in the nation for the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Utah...
article Taking action with Indigenous women
(Alberta) -- I wear a red dress pin, right over my heart. The red dress symbolizes and honours missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. I wear this pin as a...
article Indigenous woman shot and killed by N.B. police
(New Brunswick) -- Police in northwestern New Brunswick say they shot and killed an Indigenous woman who allegedly threatened them with a knife. It happened early...

6/3/2020

article Native women confront missing and murdered task force over Trump's role in crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration's efforts to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in Indian Country are being undermined by the president...

6/2/2020

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 resumed tribal listening sessions Wednesday,...
article Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Are women sacred? Is the Earth sacred?
(South Dakota) -- The quick answer to that is “yes,” but Sacredness is not without the duality of Evil. Sacred is a religious term. In terms of violence...

6/1/2020

article Nebraska Study Shows 73.3 Percent of Missing Native Americans are Boys 17 Years Old and Younger
(Nebraska) -- In a study released late last month from the Nebraska State Patrol and other organizations reveal the majority of Native Americans missing in Nebraska are...

5/30/2020

article 'Am I cutting out again?': Missing and murdered task force off to shaky start amid COVID-19 challenges
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration's missing and murdered task force got off to a rocky start in the age of COVID-19, leaving a number of Native women...

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...

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