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Salt Lake City Has One of the Highest Cases of Violence Against Native American Women: Native Students at the U Believe it

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 sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking towards Native American women. Female native students at the University of Utah say that they’re not surprised.

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2/14/2019

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2/13/2019

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2/9/2019

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2/7/2019

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2/6/2019

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2/3/2019

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2/2/2019

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2/1/2019

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1/31/2019

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1/30/2019

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1/29/2019

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1/28/2019

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1/27/2019

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1/26/2019

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1/25/2019

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1/24/2019

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1/23/2019

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1/22/2019

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1/21/2019

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1/20/2019

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1/19/2019

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1/17/2019

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1/16/2019

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1/14/2019

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article Washington indigenous communities push for action to address violence against women
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1/13/2019

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1/12/2019

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1/10/2019

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1/9/2019

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1/8/2019

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article At least 24 Native Americans — most of them women — went missing in Montana last year
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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
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1/5/2019

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1/4/2019

article Art Exhibit Raises Awareness on Violence Against Native American Women
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1/3/2019

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1/2/2019

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1/1/2019

article Tribal leader: Girl's death should lead to better response
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12/31/2018

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12/30/2018

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12/29/2018

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(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

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12/27/2018

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12/26/2018

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12/25/2018

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12/23/2018

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12/21/2018

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12/19/2018

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12/18/2018

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12/17/2018

article Senate passes legislation to aid justice for missing and murdered natives
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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
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12/14/2018

article Congress Considers Legislation to Help Tribes Solve Cases of Missing People
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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
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article Senators press FBI, BIA for answers to Ashley HeavyRunning Loring's disappearance and the crisis of missing, murdered Native women
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(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
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article 'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country
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12/11/2018

article Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Get Attention From US Senate Committee
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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
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12/7/2018

article U.S. Senate approves measure addressing the epidemic of murdered and missing Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- A Congressional measure aimed at addressing the issue of murdered and missing Native Americans has cleared a legislative hurdle. The proposal, known...
article U.S. Senate Passes Bill Addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
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article U.S. Senate unanimously approves bill to place more protections on Native American women
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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...
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(Alaska) -- Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says that as a father of three girls, his heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones to violence. Dunleavy made the...
article Native organizations seek funds to investigate murdered, missing Indigenous women
(Alaska) -- It's an alarming statistic that hits close to home — a study by the Urban Indian Health Institute found that Anchorage has the third-highest number...

12/5/2018

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

12/3/2018

article Mom-of-3 Found Dead in Kentucky Hotel Room, Suspect Arrested After ‘Acting Strangely’ in Theater
(Kentucky) -- Police in Kentucky have arrested a 32-year-old man after a mother-of-three was found dead in the man’s hotel room. Amanda Dakota Webster, 26, was...

11/30/2018

article Hundreds of women are missing, and no one is looking for them
(Nevada) -- Native American women are one of the most victimized demographics in America today. On reservations, rates of violence can be up to 10 times higher than the...

11/29/2018

article Report: Utah, Salt Lake City Rank High For Crimes Against Indigenous Women
(Utah) -- Utah is among the top 10 states with the most cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and children, according to a recent report by a Native American...
article MMIWG Inquiry: Closing submissions
(Ottawa) -- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hears oral closing submissions of parties with standing in Calgary.

11/28/2018

article Mi'kmaw women prompt last-minute change to First Nations Self Government Summit
(Nova Scotia) -- The First Nations Self Government Summit in Halifax added a talking circle on how First Nations leaders can address the issues of missing and murdered...

11/27/2018

article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry holds hearings in Calgary
(Edmonton) -- Watch live all week here, as the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hears final submissions in Calgary from parties with...
article Red dress photography a form of prayer for Indigenous woman
(North Canada) -- When Mi'kmaq photographer Patricia Bourque goes out for a walk, she takes a red dress with her. Red dresses have become a symbol of missing and...

11/26/2018

article Study: Albuquerque has high rate of missing or murdered Native American women, girls
(New Mexico) -- A new study shows New Mexico has one of the highest rates of missing or murdered Native American women and girls. Urban Indian Health received data from...
article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry holds hearings in Calgary
(Calgary) -- Watch live all week here, as the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls holds hearings in Calgary.
article 'She's with me every step of the way:' B.C. man walks across Canada for missing aunt
(British Columbia) -- Matthew Jefferson has been walking across Canada for nearly six months to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, an...

11/25/2018

article Hundreds of Native American Women are Missing and Not Even Police Records Can Find Them
(Washington) -- Native American women are one of the most victimized demographics in America today. On reservations, rates of violence can be up to 10 times higher than...
article Tracking the violence: Missing or murdered
(New Mexico) -- Out of 71 cities across the country, Albuquerque has one of the highest numbers of urban Native American women and girls who had been reported missing or...
article Ashley Loring still missing as 22nd birthday passes
(Montana) -- Ashley Loring turned 22 years old this month as family members continue to search for her. She was last seen in June of 2017. Loring, who also goes by...

11/24/2018

article At Wapato prayer walk for missing mom, family and friends plead for answers
(Washington) -- Sisters share a special connection, but Cissy Strong Reyes is especially close with her only sister, Rosenda Strong, she said Saturday afternoon. Reyes’...

11/23/2018

article Senator Tester on the Murder Rate of Native American Women
(Montana) -- Indigenous women are going missing at alarming rates and Montana senator Jon Tester wants answers. Native American women are murdered at a rate ten times...

11/22/2018

article Editorial: Report shows media must improve coverage of indigenous people
(Washington) -- Law enforcement agencies nationwide were rightly criticized last week for a decades-long practice of not adequately identifying or reporting cases of...

11/21/2018

article A New Study on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Highlights Challenges
(Washington) -- An alarming number of Indigenous women and girls disappear or are murdered each year. The absence of consistent, standardized reporting on the issue has...
article U of S student urges boycott of Regina hotel, in support of MMIWG
(Saskatchewan) -- Nearly four years after a woman died from injuries sustained at a Regina hotel, a University of Saskatchewan student is pressing people to take action...
article Protest in support of Cassidy Bernard shuts down Canso Causeway
(Nova Scotia) -- Friends, family and community members marched across Nova Scotia's Canso Causeway on Wednesday to call attention to missing and murdered Indigenous...
article Cortez Masto bill targets crimes against Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- Violent crime against Native American women is at a crisis level, and the federal government’s response to it is failing, Sen. Catherine...

11/19/2018

article Missing and Murdered Native American Women and Girls – The Data Tracking Crisis
(Washington) -- A new report aims to shine a light on the nation’s woefully inadequate data on missing and murdered Native American and Alaska Native women and...
article Montana view: Native American women deserve justice
(Montana) -- Missing and murdered Native American women deserve justice. That, in brief, is the urgency behind Savanna’s Act — legislation that has been...

11/18/2018

article Calls to end violence against indigenous women get louder
(Montana) -- Jermain Charlo has been missing for five months. She was last seen in Missoula in June. Efforts to find out what happened to her are ongoing, and she isn...
article ‘Say her name’: Missing, murdered indigenous women report hits close to home
(Washington) -- On Sunday, dozens rallied in Suquamish to mourn the loss of a local tribal member who went missing in April 2017. Jessica Santos was found dead a week...

11/17/2018

article Study: Numbers of missing, murdered indigenous women underreported
(North Dakota) -- A new study warns that available numbers for indigenous women and girls in the United States who go missing or are victims of murder seriously...
article Report Finds Seattle Has Most Missing And Murdered Native Women
(Washington) -- More than 500 Native American women have disappeared or been murdered in U.S. cities, many since the year 2000, according to a new report from Seattle’s...

11/16/2018

article Violence burdens ‘bone and skin’: Indigenous women run in prayer to outpace pain
(Arizona) -- The sun rose into a violet-tinted sky as dozens of O’odham and Piipaash women prepared to leave for the last leg of a 53-mile journey spent in prayer...
article Senate committee moves missing and murdered natives bill forward
(Washington D.C.) -- The reporting, investigating and addressing missing and murdered Native Americans could start seeing improvement if Senate Bill 1942, named “...

11/15/2018

article New report highlights flaws in police data on missing, murdered indigenous women and girls
(Washington) -- A new report points to a troubling lack of quality data about missing and murdered indigenous women, underscoring long-running concerns about...
article Police In Many U.S. Cities Fail To Track Murdered, Missing Indigenous Women
(Washington) -- It sounds like a simple question for a police department. How many Native American women have gone missing or been murdered in a given city? In Seattle,...
article Re-victimized by authorities? Indigenous women’s murders simply disappear, study finds
(Washington) -- Hundreds of Native American women have been murdered or have gone missing over the years, and their fate remains a mystery as authorities are appallingly...
article Report ID's 506 cases of murdered, missing Indigenous women
(Washington) -- A new study, done on a shoestring budget, has identified 506 cases of murdered or missing Indigenous women in 71 urban areas of 29 states, exposing...
article Report: Tacoma has large number of missing, murdered Native American women
(Washington) -- A snapshot of data from 71 U.S. cities identified 506 cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In a report released by the Urban Indian...
article Filmmakers focus on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Montana) -- Since January of this year, 30 Indigenous women have gone missing in Montana. That’s according to Blackfeet filmmakers Ivy and Ivan MacDonald,...

11/14/2018

article Lack of data cited in wave of missing, murdered Native women, report says
(New Mexico) -- Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns...
article Urban Indian Health report identifies 506 urban Missing & Murdered Women, Girls
(Washington D.C.) -- Researchers have looked at the data from 71 U.S. cities and have identified 506 cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIW /...
article You Probably Never Heard About These 500 Missing And Murdered Women
(USA) -- At least 506 indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been killed in 71 American cities — including more than 330 since 2010 — the Urban...
article Yakama woman killed in 2003 among victims identified in study
(Washington) -- Sandra Smiscon, a Yakama Nation citizen killed in a random act of gun violence in Seattle in 2003, is among the hundreds of missing and murdered...
article Murder third leading cause of death for Native women, new report shows
(Alaska) -- Murder is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women. In a survey, Alaska ranked fourth for the high number of missing or...

11/13/2018

article Photography student sends message about MMIWG using Canadian flag
(Ontario) -- A photography student from Beausoleil First Nation in Ontario is hoping to bring awareness to murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada...

11/10/2018

article Special Report: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
(South Dakota) -- Red dresses swayed quietly in the wind as they hung across the door step of the Racing Magpie art studio in Rapid City on May 5, 2018. But, they weren...

11/9/2018

article Democracy Now: Deb Haaland promises action on missing and murdered sisters
(New Mexico) -- Two Native American women have made history in the midterms, becoming the nation’s first Native congresswomen. Democrat Sharice Davids won the 3rd...

11/6/2018

article Grandfather of Ashley McKay calls for forgiveness at Thunder Bay vigil
(Ontario) -- Candles, set in rows, flickered in their plastic cups atop a cardboard box on the sidewalk outside an apartment building in Thunder Bay, Ont., Tuesday...

11/5/2018

article Group not giving up in search for missing Dixon woman
(Montana) -- MTN News recently confirmed with law enforcement that “persons of interest” have been identified in the search for Jermain Charlo. The Native...

11/2/2018

article Momentum builds after Yakima meeting on missing Native women
(Washington) -- Organizers hope to have another meeting soon in Yakima County about missing Native women in Washington state. Nearly 300 people attended a meeting this...

11/1/2018

article Missing, but not forgotten: Fargo library art exhibit tells story of missing indigenous women
(North Dakota) -- It's a shared grief in Indian Country, women who are missing or have been murdered. "Once you start talking about it, it comes up so naturally...
article This Photographer Is Shining a Light on the Dignity of Indigenous Women
(Washington) -- Indigenous women face disproportionate levels of violence. 84 percent of them experience some form of violence during their lifetimes, and one study...

10/30/2018

article 'We want actions taken' — emotions run high at meeting on missing Native women
(Arizona) -- Introducing himself before a meeting Monday on the issue of missing Native women in Washington state, Craig Bill mentioned the main reason for the gathering...
article 'We want actions taken' — emotions run high at meeting on missing Native women
(Washington) -- Introducing himself before a meeting Monday on the issue of missing Native women in Washington state, Craig Bill mentioned the main reason for the...

10/28/2018

article 'Healing through dance': evocative ballet adaptation honours missing and murdered Indigenous women
(New Brunswick) -- An annual campaign that honours missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and their families in Fredericton, N.B., includes a spin on a ballet...

10/27/2018

article Group walks miles to remember missing Native American women
(Arizona) -- A more than 100-mile (160-kilometer) walk along a Navajo Nation highway that sought to raise awareness of domestic violence and cases of missing and...

10/25/2018

article 94% of Indigenous Women in Seattle Have Experienced Sexual Violence. We Need To Tell Their Stories.
(Washington) -- As a result of colonialism, data has been gathered for us and about us that was actually never for us. Abigail Echo-Hawk came across an unpublished study...
article Yukon appeals court upholds order for inquest into death of Cynthia Blackjack
(North Canada) -- The Court of Appeal of Yukon has upheld a lower court order that an inquest be held into the 2013 death of Carmacks, Yukon, resident Cynthia Blackjack...

10/23/2018

article Monday meeting on issue of missing Native women taking place in Yakima
(Washington) -- A meeting Monday afternoon on the issue of missing Native women in Washington state will take place in Yakima. The meeting hosted by Washington State...

10/20/2018

article Montreal all-girls school honours missing and murdered Indigenous women with dress project
(Montreal) -- When a group of Grade 7 students in Christianne Loupelle's science class at Trafalgar School for Girls started the last school year, the majority knew...
article A mile in her moccasins: Annual healing walk raises awareness on MMIWG
(New Brunswick) -- More than 50 people gathered today to "walk a mile in her moccasins" as part of the annual Red Shawl campaign to raise awareness on missing...
article Walk focuses on missing, murdered Indigenous women
(Arizona) -- As John Tsosie walked along Navajo Route 13 here on Thursday, he carried a sign that states, "Remembering those that are missing" and depicts a...

10/19/2018

article A mile in her moccasins: Annual healing walk raises awareness on MMIWG
(New Brunswick) -- More than 50 people gathered today to "walk a mile in her moccasins" as part of the annual Red Shawl campaign to raise awareness on missing...

10/18/2018

article Moosehide Campaign holds 3rd national gathering in Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- In an effort to raise awareness about violence against Indigenous women and children, people from across the country are participating in the Moosehide...

10/16/2018

article Missing Native women to be focus of Oct. 29 meeting in Toppenish
(Washington) -- A meeting in Toppenish on Oct. 29 will address the issue of missing Native women in Washington state. The meeting hosted by Washington State Patrol Capt...
article Sex trade to come under scrutiny at missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry
(Ottawa) -- Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is expected to focus attention Tuesday on the sex trade. Among those scheduled to...

10/12/2018

article On the Trail of Missing American Indian Women
(USA) -- On a Friday morning in May, Lissa Yellowbird-Chase woke up to more Facebook messages than she could hope to answer. Her inbox was full of friends, acquaintances...

10/11/2018

article More than 100 MMIWG cases listed since Trudeau took office, group says
(Alberta) -- The day before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was sworn into office, Janel Squirrel was found dead in the basement of a rooming house in Calgary.

10/5/2018

article Sisters in Spirit aims to give voice to the voiceless MMIWG
(British Columbia) -- In February 1993, Theresa Umphrey's body was found in the ditch on the side of a British Columbia logging road. She had been murdered. She was...

10/4/2018

article 'Somewhere, this needs to stop': MMIWG families call for justice at Manitoba Legislature
(Manitoba) -- Standing by a gruesome 1994 front-page photo of her slain mother's body, Kim Geswein made a call for justice Thursday. "She was a kind woman...

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