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Rep. Haaland addresses Congress on epidemic of missing, endangered indigenous women

Rep. Deb Haaland addressed Congress Thursday morning on the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. On reservations, American Indian women have murder rates 10 times the national average. Due to a lack of coordination between federal, state, and tribal governments, there are dozens of unreported and unsolved murders on tribal lands every year.

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3/25/2019

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

3/23/2019

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

3/22/2019

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

3/21/2019

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

3/20/2019

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

3/19/2019

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

3/17/2019

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

3/16/2019

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

3/15/2019

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

3/14/2019

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

3/13/2019

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

3/12/2019

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

3/11/2019

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

3/10/2019

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

3/9/2019

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

3/8/2019

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

3/6/2019

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

3/4/2019

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

3/3/2019

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

3/2/2019

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

3/1/2019

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

2/28/2019

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

2/27/2019

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

2/26/2019

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

2/25/2019

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

2/24/2019

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

2/23/2019

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

2/22/2019

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

2/21/2019

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

2/18/2019

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

2/17/2019

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

2/16/2019

article COMMENTARY: An epidemic of violence against Native American women
(Minnesota) -- Americans may be largely unaware of the extreme and pervasive dangers facing American Indian and Alaska Native women. According to a National Institute of...
article New Mexico among states considering bills on missing, slain Native women
(New Mexico) -- Lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced legislation to address the unsolved deaths and disappearances of numerous Native American women and...
article Rep. Deb Haaland Calls for More Resources to End Violence Against Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the first Native American congresswomen refuses to let the violence against Indigenous women be overlooked any longer.
article More than 1,000 hearts bloom in La Ronge for Valentine's Day as tribute to MMIWG
(Saskatchewan) -- When Kandis Riese first saw a field of hearts in her town of La Ronge, she said it was like getting hit in the chest with a bat. "It overwhelms me...

2/14/2019

article Daines demands accountability for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Steve Daines cosponsored legislation that would commission a federal study on missing and murdered indigenous people. The bill would...
article Resolution may bring awareness to violence against indigenous women, girls, LGBT community
(Utah) -- A resolution in the Utah Legislature would create a statewide day of awareness for the violence against indigenous women, girls and members of the LGBT...
article Women's Memorial March organizers call on the public to take a stand against violence
(British Columbia) -- Thousands of people filled the streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside on Thursday to take part in the 28th Women's Memorial March, as...
article Montreal Metro ride a 'silent protest' to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Quebec) -- Attendees of a gathering and community feast to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people will be taking their...

2/13/2019

article Search group, legislators seek help for Minnesota's missing American Indian women
(Minnesota) -- As the snow fell, a half-dozen people gathered at a downtown plaza here Sunday in fluorescent vests, armed with fliers of American Indians who had gone...
article Other voices: An epidemic of violence against Native American women
(USA) -- Americans may be largely unaware of the extreme and pervasive dangers facing American Indian and Alaska Native women. According to a National Institute of...
article States weigh bills addressing Native deaths, disappearances
(New Mexico) -- Lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced legislation to address the unsolved deaths and disappearances of numerous Native American women and...
article Search group, legislators seek help for Minnesota's missing American Indian women
(Minnesota) -- As the snow fell, a half-dozen people gathered at a downtown plaza here Sunday in fluorescent vests, armed with fliers of American Indians who had gone...

2/12/2019

article Bill Requiring AG To Collect Info On Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women Advances
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota senate committee is advancing a bill that directs their Division of Criminal Investigation to prepare guidelines for collecting...
article Senate panel passes bill on missing, slain indigenous women
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota bill that would direct state authorities to prepare guidelines for the reporting and investigation of missing and murdered indigenous...
article EDITORIAL: An Epidemic of Violence Against Native American Women
(USA) -- Americans may be largely unaware of the extreme and pervasive dangers facing American Indian and Alaska Native women. According to a National Institute of...
article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Nationwide crisis exacerbated by lack of reporting of cases
(Arizona) -- A recent report on cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in urban areas released by the Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the...

2/9/2019

article Legislation targets missing and murdered indigenous women epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- When Puyallap tribal member Carolyn DeFord’s mother, Leona LeClair Kinsey, went missing in 1999, DeFord was at a loss for how to find her. A...
article Missing and murdered men, women and children spur annual walk in Cowichan
(British Columbia) -- Patsy Jones has spent several months organizing the second annual Walk for Missing and Murdered Men, Women and Children. It’s a huge task,...

2/8/2019

article Tribal leader asks Legislature to OK bills on missing and murdered Native women, Medicaid
(Montana) -- The president of a Montana tribal community told Montana legislators Thursday it was critical they pass laws to address the epidemic of missing and murdered...

2/7/2019

article New Workgroup Focused On Protecting Native American Women In Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- As Congress and Montana lawmakers consider laws to address high rates of missing and murdered Native American women and girls, people in Indian...
article Police say Kuujjuaq woman missing in Montreal has been found
(Quebec) -- Police say Susie Koneak, an Inuk woman who came to Montreal for a doctor's appointment and went missing, has been found. She flew to Montreal from...

2/6/2019

article Sudbury police hosts conference to honour MMIWG
(Ontario) -- People from all over northern Ontario are gathering in the City of Greater Sudbury for a two-day conference meant to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous...

2/3/2019

article COLUMN: Make Montana safer for Indian women
(Montana) -- It’s not safe to be an Indian woman in Montana. These words come as no surprise to many of us. It is our lived experience that Native American women...
article More Than 2,500 Native American Women Missing or Murdered
(USA) -- The Urban Health Indian Institute has compiled a list of more than 2,500 Native American women who have been murdered or are missing in the United States.

2/2/2019

article Bill seeks to address Minnesota’s missing and murdered indigenous women
(Minnesota) -- The bill would establish a task force to examine the causes of that violence, ways to collect data on it, plus how to prevent it and lessen the damage it...
article Feds to fund commemoration events for missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- The federal government has launched a new commemoration fund in honour of Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
article Lawmakers highlight missing indigenous women
(New Mexico) -- Some of New Mexico’s lawmakers recognized American Indian Day at the Capitol on Friday by highlighting Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s push to...
article Three Women Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Improve Response to Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), along with U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), reintroduced Savanna’s...
article “A Righteous Cause”: Senator Booker Backs Bipartisan Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women Legislation
(New Jersey) -- “A righteous cause” is how Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) described the proactive campaign of a tribal alliance to counter the Murdered and...
article Native American women: abused, missing and murdered
(New Hampshire) -- Savanna Greywind was a young woman in Fargo, N.D., about to give birth in a few weeks, when she was brutally murdered.

2/1/2019

article OP/ED: Native American women and girls: No one knows how many are missing, dead
(Minnesota) -- There's a management tenet that says if you want to change something, count it. In business, that usually means counting to keep score. But there are...

1/31/2019

article Woman or girl slain every 2.5 days in Canada in 2018, new report finds
(Ontario) -- A woman or girl was killed every 2.5 days on average in Canada last year, according to an inaugural report on femicide that argues the issue must be better...

1/30/2019

article "Hanna's Act" proponents heard by House Judiciary Committee
(Wyoming) -- A new bill named after Hanna Harris, a Lame Deer woman murdered in 2013 on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, went before the house judiciary committee...
article Bill to require tracking of missing Native women advances
(Nebraska) -- A bill that would require better tracking of cases involving missing Native American women has advanced out of a Nebraska legislative committee.
article OP/ED: It's not safe to be an Indian woman in Montana
(Montana) -- It’s not safe to be an Indian woman in Montana. These words come as no surprise to many of us. It is our lived experience that Native American women...

1/29/2019

article Missing and murdered indigenous women: Finding justice for Amanda
(Arizona) -- It was a cold day with a bitter penetrating wind Jan. 22 as supporters braced themselves on the lawn at city hall in Flagstaff demanding justice for Amanda...

1/28/2019

article Cantwell part of 2nd attempt to pass law focusing on murdered, missing Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- Savanna’s Act, legislation intended to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls, has been reintroduced after failing...

1/27/2019

article Eye on New Mexico: Crisis of missing, murdered Native women
(New Mexico) -- In this week's edition of Eye on New Mexico, Colton Shone discussed the crisis of murdered and missing Native American women. According to a report...
article Lawmakers to discuss creating Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Minnesota) -- Tuesday is a big day for Native Americans in Minnesota. The House of Representatives Public Safety Committee will hold the first hearing to consider...

1/26/2019

article Bill seeks study of missing Native American women and ways to increase reporting, investigations
(Nebraska) -- Renee Sans Souci learned as a young teenager, growing up in Lincoln, to walk warily and always be on alert. Experience taught her that, as a Native...
article Tester reintroduces bill to boost aid for tribal victims of sexual and domestic abuse
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has announced he is reintroducing the Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act. The bill...
article THEIRS: Too long before issuing alert for Cheyenne girl
(South Dakota) -- It took the Federal Bureau of Investigation nearly two weeks to request an official missing persons alert after Henny Scott went missing from her home...

1/25/2019

article 'Our lives don't matter': Native women demand action for missing sisters
(Nebraska) -- April Marie Satchell carried her infant granddaughter to the front of a legislative chamber here on Thursday and put the child on her lap facing a half...
article Cronkite News: Native women raise awareness of missing and murdered sisters
(Arizona) -- As the sounds of the traditional drumming filled the air at the Arizona State Capitol, indigenous women gathered to raise awareness of an issue specific to...

1/24/2019

article Bill seeks study of missing Native American women and ways to increase reporting, investigations
(Nebraska) -- Renee Sans Souci learned as a young teenager, growing up in Lincoln, to walk warily and always be on alert. Experience taught her that, as a Native...
article Bill to gather data on missing Native women gets Nebraska hearing
(Nebraska) -- April Marie Satchell brought her granddaughter India to the Nebraska Capitol on Thursday to talk about the dangers Native women and girls face from rape...
article CSKT to form Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls workgroup
(Montana) -- To The Tribal Membership: This letter is to invite you to one of the Community Meetings scheduled to discuss the formation of a workgroup on Missing and...
article 'I played the tanned white girl role,' says Métis woman who took years to acknowledge, embrace her heritage
(Saskatchewan) -- Jenna Tickell got used to playing the "tanned white girl" role until she was 23 years old. It wasn't until she took a class on missing...

1/23/2019

article Daines requests Montana field hearing on missing and murdered Indigenous people
(Montana) -- U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) has requested a Montana field hearing on missing and murdered Indigenous people. In a letter addressed to the Chairman and...
article EDITORIAL: Take action to help find Montana's missing children
(Montana) -- It took the Federal Bureau of Investigation nearly two weeks to request an official missing persons alert after Henny Scott went missing from her home on...

1/22/2019

article Daines: Hold hearing in Montana on missing, murdered Native Americans
(Montana) -- Concerned about the way federal agencies investigate missing and murdered Native American women, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is asking the Senate Indian Affairs...

1/21/2019

article Vigil for missing and murdered indigenous women held at UM
(Montana) -- Activists and family members held a candlelight vigil for missing and murdered indigenous women at the University of Montana campus on Saturday. 54 Native...

1/20/2019

article Seattle marchers call for justice for missing and murdered indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- Hundreds of marchers gathered in Occidental Park on Sunday, wearing red and fanning clouds of burning sage, to call for justice for missing and...
article Cold cases heating up again as Yakima County sheriff plans task force
(Washington) -- For more than two decades, relatives of Samantha Rios wondered what happened after she took a taxi to her home in Naches Heights in 1992 and disappeared...

1/19/2019

article Missoula vigil keeps focus on missing and murdered indigenous women
(Montana) -- The cause of missing and murdered indigenous women drew roughly 500 demonstrators to the University of Montana campus Saturday afternoon. They gathered for...

1/17/2019

article 4 Investigates: Rep. Haaland tackling missing Native women crisis
(New Mexico) -- Congresswoman Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, is taking a closer look at why too many Native American women have...
article Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women Sets Tribal Leaders Summit Dates
(New Mexico) -- The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) is excited to once again convene and share space with its sixth annual tribal leadership for...
article Reward doubled for information on missing Meskwaki woman
(Iowa) -- Meskwaki authorities have doubled the reward for information on a missing tribal member who disappeared four years ago. Rita Janelle Papakee was last seen Jan...

1/16/2019

article LAPIER: Moving toward justice: Take action for missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Montana) -- On Dec. 21, 2015, my cousin Lonette Keehner was murdered by two white supremacists in Missoula. It is a day my family will never forget. On the afternoon of...
article Reward for information on missing Meskwaki tribal member increased on anniversary
(Iowa) -- Officials with the Meskwaki Nation said that the reward for information leading to the return of a missing woman was doubled on Wednesday, on the fourth...
article New reward offered for missing person- Rita Jannelle Papakee
(Iowa) -- Four years ago today, on January 16th, 2015, Tribal member Rita Janelle Papakee was last seen at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. She has not been heard from...

1/14/2019

article 'This is one step.' Community gathers to address crisis in reporting, preventing violence for indigenous women
(Washington) -- They already know that stemming the epidemic of missing and murdered Native women is daunting. They are well aware of the grim toll it has taken, because...
article Washington indigenous communities push for action to address violence against women
(Washington) -- As a teenager in Port Angeles, Washington, Kyle Taylor Lucas had grown accustomed to her mother’s frequent disappearances during bouts of drinking...
article Yakama Nation continues to speak up about the Native American Women missing
(Washington) -- Meetings have continued to take place to help gather as much information as possible to understand why hundreds if not thousands of Indigenous women are...

1/13/2019

article Why are Native American women vanishing?
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation, Yakima County and Washington State are not unique in the amount of violence directed at Native American women. Native american women...

1/12/2019

article Healing dance: Jingle dress dancer dedicates performance to missing native women
(South Dakota) -- The sound of jingling metal cones emanated through the University Center Ballroom as Kya-Rae Arthur bopped up and down while performing a jingle dress...

1/10/2019

article Lame Deer Marchers Press For Action On Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women
(Montana) -- Roughly 70 people gathered in Lame Deer Wednesday on what would’ve been Henny Scott’s 15th birthday. Scott’s body was found late last...
article RST Chairman Calls For State Help In Prosecuting Violence Against Native Women
(South Dakota) -- The Chairman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe wants the state to share data and prosecute those who commit violent acts against Native American women.

1/9/2019

article Urban Indigenous Communities Push for Action to Address Violence Against Women
(Washington) -- As a teenager in Port Angeles, Washington, Kyle Taylor Lucas had grown accustomed to her mother’s frequent disappearances during bouts of drinking...
article Tester wants answers from BIA and FBI following Henny Scott’s death
(Washington D.C.) -- The death of a 14-year-old Lame Deer girl has prompted concern and a call for action. U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) released a letter to FBI...
article Walk held in Lame Deer to honor Henny Scott, raise awareness for MMIW
(Montana) -- The Northern Cheyenne community gathered at the Northern Cheyenne Bureau of Indian Affairs at noon on Wednesday to honor Henny Scott, and to raise awareness...
article State lawmaker proposes ways to solve Native American crimes
(North Dakota) -- The first female Native American Democrat elected to the North Dakota state Legislature has proposed two bills intended to help resolve crimes against...

1/8/2019

article Tester demands answers for FBI, BIA response to Montana girl's disappearance
(Washington D.C.) -- Calling it unfathomable that a Native American child could go missing for two weeks before the FBI alerted the public, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is...
article Tester responds to the death of Henny Scott
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Tester demands answers from law enforcement agencies on the delayed response to the disappearance of 14-year-old Henny Scott. Scott was...
article Bills Introduced Regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
(North Dakota) -- Representative Ruth Buffalo of Fargo introduced two bills that would require additional training and data collection by law enforcement related to...
article Bills would require data collection, training on missing, murdered indigenous people
(North Dakota) -- Two bills introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would require law enforcement training and data collection related to missing and murdered...
article At least 24 Native Americans — most of them women — went missing in Montana last year
(Montana) -- Across the Western US, Native American women are falling victim to violence in alarming numbers, officials say. In 2018 alone, more than two dozen Native...
article CWU to host lecture on missing and murdered indigenous women, followed by memorial service
(Washington) -- Central Washington University will highlight the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women this month with a series of presentations and a memorial.

1/7/2019

article Senators calling issue ‘epidemic’ after 24 people — mostly Native American women — go missing in Montana in one year
(Montana) -- Across the Western US, Native American women are falling victim to violence in alarming numbers, officials say. In 2018 alone, more than two dozen Native...
article OP/ED: Two Native women in Congress isn't enough to end the systemic violence Native girls face
(Washington D.C.) -- A shifting power balance on the Capitol — including the first two Native women elected to the House — might change the political...

1/5/2019

article Community turns out to remember, share stories of Henny Scott
(Montana) -- Red was the color on Henny Scott’s dress Saturday and on her mother’s skirt. Red, too, was the color of the glitter that was mixed in with the...
article Police: Disappearance of MT woman now considered a kidnapping
(Montana) -- The Great Falls Police Department on Friday afternoon told MTN News that the disappearance of Brook-Lyn Arrowtopknot last month is now being treated as a...

1/4/2019

article Art Exhibit Raises Awareness on Violence Against Native American Women
(Minnesota) -- An art exhibit dedicated to Native American women affected by violence and human trafficking took place Friday at the Powless Cultural Center. The art...

1/3/2019

article WSP examining cases of missing and murdered Native American women
(Washington) -- The Washington State Patrol is looking into if the state should do more to address a crisis of missing and murdered Native American women. As it stands...

1/2/2019

article Meeting date set to continue discussion on missing and murdered Native women
(Washington) -- A community meeting in Toppenish on the issue of missing Native women in Washington state is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14. The meeting — the...

1/1/2019

article Tribal leader: Girl's death should lead to better response
(Montana) -- A Montana tribal leader says frustration over the death of a teenage girl should be a catalyst for speeding up the response to missing persons reports in...

12/31/2018

article Family and friends march to mourn Northern Cheyenne teen found dead
(Montana) -- Undaunted by near-zero temperatures, close to 100 of Henny Scott’s family, friends and other Northern Cheyenne community members marched Monday in the...

12/30/2018

article On the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, a family and a community respond to death of 14-year-old girl, question authorities
(Montana) -- The conversation outside the Muddy Hall community building on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation quieted Saturday morning at the sight of silver cars in the...

12/29/2018

article Henny Scott found dead near Lame Deer
(Montana) -- KULR-8 has confirmed that the body located in Big Horn County near Muddy Cluster was the body of Henny Scott. Acting President of the Northern Cheyenne...
article Parents confirm body found near Lame Deer is missing 14-year-old girl
(Montana) -- The parents of Henny Scott, Paula Castro and Nathan Stops, confirmed Saturday morning that their 14-year-old daughter's body was found Friday by a...

12/28/2018

article Volunteer search party finds body in Muddy Creek area near Lame Deer
(Montana) -- A body was discovered early Friday evening outside of Lame Deer in the Muddy Creek area by a volunteer search party looking for missing 14-year-old girl...
article 14 months after North Dakota woman was last seen alive, family and tribes await answers
(North Dakota) -- Since her body was found last summer, no new information has been made public about Olivia Lone Bear's disappearance and death. "For me, there...

12/27/2018

article Montana Legislature to take up bills to address missing, murdered Native women
(Montana) -- When state Sen. Susan Webber was younger, in the late 1960s or early 1970s, a well-known woman from her tight-knit neighborhood on the Blackfeet Reservation...
article Meeting set for Toppenish to address missing Native women
(Washington) -- A second Yakima County meeting on missing Native women in Washington has been announced for early 2019. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the event will...

12/26/2018

article Meeting set for Toppenish to address missing Native women
(Washington) -- A second Yakima County meeting on missing Native women in Washington has been announced for early 2019. The event will take place Jan. 14 at Legends...
article Indian girl lost in the man camp
(Montana) -- Ledger artist John Pepion created this piece called, “Indian girl lost in the man camp” while working with environmental and political activist...

12/25/2018

article REVIEW: Senate panel hears of Native women’s deaths, disappearances
(Washington D.C.) -- The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana expressed frustration Wednesday over law enforcement’s initial response to her loved one...
article Woman’s disappearance remains a mystery
(New Mexico) -- In early November, on a wide, dusty, dirt road nestled between two low, rocky hills on Acoma Pueblo, tribal police found 63-year-old Denise Coultas-...

12/23/2018

article Gazette opinion: Find justice for missing Native Americans
(Montana) -- Native Americans account for 1.8 percent of missing persons reports in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database, although they are just 1...

12/21/2018

article Native American community calls for justice for missing, murdered women
(Washington) -- The meeting opened with a prayer as members of the Native American community called for justice for its missing and murdered indigenous women.

12/19/2018

article What is Savanna's Act, the US Law protecting indigenous women that's now in jeopardy?
(Washington D.C.) -- Savanna Greywind was 22-years-old and 8 months pregnant when she was murdered in 2017. In the year since, her story has become the face of the fight...

12/18/2018

article Women Erased: How Washington Has Failed Missing Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Leona LeClair Kinsey often told her daughter, Carolyn DeFord, to never back down. Stand your ground. If someone wants to fight you, fight back. One...
article Indigenous women 'easy prey' for human traffickers
(New Brunswick) -- If you are an Indigenous woman or girl, you have a bull's-eye on your back. That is reality, according to Patty Musgrave, who recently worked with...

12/17/2018

article Senate passes legislation to aid justice for missing and murdered natives
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to aid law enforcement in the location and prosecuting cases of missing and murdered Native American women and girls passed in the senate Dec...
article 'I don't know why someone would want to hurt my baby sister': Aspiring doctor found dead in Winnipeg apartment
(Manitoba) -- Christine Baker said it only took one word from police and she knew her sister had died. Her younger sister, Sheena-Marie Dubois, was found dead inside of...

12/16/2018

article Sitka woman testifies in DC about missing, murdered Alaska Native women
(Alaska) -- When she got to the names of the victims, Patricia Alexander’s voice began to break. Alexander, the co-chair of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida...

12/15/2018

article Crime fight needed on tribal lands
(Minnesota) -- The statistics are appalling. More than a third of Native women are raped in their lifetime and 39 percent are victims of domestic violence. According to...

12/14/2018

article Congress Considers Legislation to Help Tribes Solve Cases of Missing People
(Washington D.C.) -- Ashley Loring-Heavy Runner was last seen running away from a vehicle on a Black Feet reservation highway in June 2017. Her sister Kimberly says the...

12/13/2018

article 'It's open season': Few answers at hearing on missing and murdered
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal law enforcement officials have admitted a "problem" exists in Indian Country -- too many people go missing and are murdered every...
article Senate panel hears of Native women's deaths, disappearances
(Washington D.C.) -- The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana expressed frustration Wednesday over law enforcement's initial response to her loved one'...

12/12/2018

article 'The Loss Is Horrific.' Senate Hears Testimony on Disappeared Native American Women
(Washington D.C.) -- The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana expressed frustration Wednesday over law enforcement’s initial response to her loved one...
article Senators press FBI, BIA for answers to Ashley HeavyRunning Loring's disappearance and the crisis of missing, murdered Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- If her sister’s disappearance had been taken seriously from Day 1, Ashley HeavyRunner Loring would be with her family or her family would have...
article Sister of missing Montana woman speaks at Senate hearing about MMIW crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- In June of 2017, Ashley Loring HeavyRunner went missing. For over a year, her sister Kimberly Loring and other family members and friends have...
article Tribal Leaders Offer a Forceful Reminder That Officials Are Failing Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- In front of a packed house, three Native American women told U.S. senators what everyone in Indian Country knows to be truth: The United States is...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry holds final hearings in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls concludes its evidence gathering activities this week as final submissions from...
article 'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding an oversight hearing on Wednesday to address the "silent crisis" of missing and murdered...
article STATEMENT: Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Good afternoon Chairman Hoeven, Vice Chairman Udall, and members of the committee. I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today to...
article OP/ED: Meaningful legislation for missing, murdered Native Americans
(Montana) -- The U.S. Senate votes unanimously more often than one might think in these hyperpartisan times. Just this month, for instance, it unanimously passed an...

12/11/2018

article Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Get Attention From US Senate Committee
(Washington D.C.) -- Hundreds of Indigenous women go missing under suspicious circumstance every year in North America. A U.S. Senate Committee takes a closer look at...

12/10/2018

article Family of missing Blackfeet woman, Ashley HeavyRunner Loring, taking case to Congress
(Montana) -- A year and six months after her sister disappeared, Kimberly Loring will tell Congress what went wrong in the search, where law enforcement misstepped and...
article Police Criticize Recent Report On Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women
(Utah) -- The Salt Lake City Police Department has criticized a landmark report released last month that found that more than 500 indigenous women have either gone...
article Native American mural celebration focuses on missing and murdered indigenous women
(California) -- “We are still here,” reads the Native American mural at SF State in bold red paint. The mural, debuted in 2009, celebrated the indigenous...

12/7/2018

article U.S. Senate approves measure addressing the epidemic of murdered and missing Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- A Congressional measure aimed at addressing the issue of murdered and missing Native Americans has cleared a legislative hurdle. The proposal, known...
article U.S. Senate Passes Bill Addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at battling the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States, requiring...
article U.S. Senate unanimously approves bill to place more protections on Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- A congressional measure that has interest in Montana as well as many other western states has cleared a hurdle in the process of becoming a bill,...

12/6/2018

article Alaska Native groups ask Dunleavy to investigate missing and murdered indigenous women
(Alaska) -- Several Alaska Native organizations asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday to fund investigations and prosecutions of cases of missing and murdered indigenous...
article Groups to Dunleavy: Fight violence against indigenous women
(Alaska) -- Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says that as a father of three girls, his heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones to violence. Dunleavy made the...
article Native organizations seek funds to investigate murdered, missing Indigenous women
(Alaska) -- It's an alarming statistic that hits close to home — a study by the Urban Indian Health Institute found that Anchorage has the third-highest number...

12/5/2018

article Dying in Silence
(Utah) -- A new report attempts to document the number of indigenous women missing or murdered in 71 cities across the U.S. According to its data, Salt Lake City ranks...
article Salt Lake City Has One of the Highest Cases of Violence Against Native American Women: Native Students at the U Believe it
(Utah) -- In a report released by the Urban Indian Health Institute, Salt Lake City is one of the top 10 cities in the United States to hold one of the highest cases of...

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