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Start of missing, murdered women panel moving ‘at speed of bureaucracy’

State officials agree on this much: “Not one red penny” of the $150,000 allocated for a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women that was created in May has been seen yet. But they disagree on who’s to blame.

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11/10/2019

article 'This is what our people need': gathering an alternative to MMIWG national inquiry
(Saskatchewan) -- For some attendees, the Mamawe! Mekowishwewin-miyomachowin gathering in Regina was an alternative to the national inquiry into murdered and missing...
article Taskforce meeting on Native American cases draws dozens
(New Mexico) -- Members of a New Mexico taskforce established to address the deaths and disappearances of Native American women said they want to hear from victims and...

11/9/2019

article Meet the teen directing a play about missing and murdered Indigenous women
(California) -- Isabella Madrigal has written, directed and starred in a play on missing and murdered Indigenous women, won scholarships and awards for her work,...

11/8/2019

article Task force meeting about Native American cases draws dozens
(New Mexico) -- Members of a New Mexico task force established to address the deaths and disappearances of Native American women said they want to hear from victims and...

11/6/2019

article Governor Noem joins in honoring missing and murdered indigenous women
(South Dakota) -- On Tuesday Governor Kristi Noem took time to recognize the high rate of missing and murdered indigenous women. The governor displayed an MMIW quilt at...
article Opinion: Barriers to reporting sexual violence in Indigenous communities
(USA) -- Indigenous people in the U.S. face higher rates of sexual violence than the general population, and the majority of these sexual assaults are perpetrated by...
article Authorities behind Highway 16 crimes, ex-officer says
(British Columbia) -- Higher authorities are responsible for the missing and murdered Indigenous women along Highway 16 and they know how to cover their tracks.

11/4/2019

article Authors Call for Hearings on Legislation Addressing Violence Against Tribal Women and Girls
(Wisconsin) -- Two legislative committees have been assigned bills authored by Northwoods legislators to hold hearings on creating a task force to examine factors...

11/3/2019

article Free missing persons database training coming to Montana Reservations
(Montana) -- Four training sessions to help the Native American communities in Montana learn to use a national missing persons database are being offered in the first...

11/2/2019

article Embroidering circle sparks healing for survivors of violence, MMIWG families
(Canada) -- Since the beginning of September, a group of women in Montreal have been using the art of embroidery to share, heal, and empower themselves as survivors of...
article 'Bring Her Home’ exhibit on display at Watermark
(Minnesota) -- In conjunction with the “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island” exhibit on display through Nov. 30 for National American Indian...

11/1/2019

article Group explores community impact of violence against Indigenous women
(Arizona) -- A state study committee collecting data on missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls met Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Northern Arizona to learn more about how...

10/31/2019

article These states are putting together Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women task forces
(USA) -- Two states are leading the way in seeking justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women. Last month Minnesota launched the Minnesota Missing and Murdered...

10/30/2019

article Face painting for the missing and murdered
(Montana) -- With a red handprint painted across her mouth, Marita Growing Thunder suppressed her nerves as she played her trombone and marched for the University of...
article Cree Trapper Makes the Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada
(Ottawa) -- Missing, murdered and imprisoned Indigenous peoples are haunting Canada’s justice system. That’s an overarching theme in Harold Johnson’s...
article Underfunded and under-resourced, Indigenous police services struggle with MMIWG cases
(Quebec) -- Chronic underfunding and a lack of resources and access to training has hampered the ability of Indigenous police forces to properly investigate violence...

10/29/2019

article One year after meeting on missing women, mother still wonders about her daughter's death
(Washington) -- Jeanette Osborn seethed as she sat near the front of a large meeting room in the Yakima Convention Center a year ago today. Like dozens of others who...
article House to vote on permanently banning uranium mines near the Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- The U.S. House will vote Wednesday on a bill that would prohibit new uranium mines on about 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, making permanent a ban...
article Missing man may have been picked up after abandoning car near Sombrio: RCMP
(Ontario) -- The abandoned car of a missing man, some text messages and a photograph sent to an ex-girlfriend have now surfaced.

10/28/2019

article Murder charge laid in death of Regina mother missing since March
(Saskatchewan) -- Regina police have made two arrests and laid a murder charge in the case of a young woman missing since March.
article OP/ED: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure
(Iowa) -- It started in May of 1998 when bodies began to show up in Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered six were Native Americans, and all were homeless men...

10/26/2019

article Men, women tie ribbons on Lockport bridge to honour missing and murdered
(Manitoba) -- People gathered Friday afternoon to tie red ribbons on the Lockport bridge to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Event co-ordinator...

10/25/2019

article Walking to honor missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Alaska) -- About two dozen people walked to bring attention to the high rates of violence against Alaska Native women. The walk was to honor people's loved ones who...

10/24/2019

article Alaska Native men discuss violence against women at Elders & Youth talking circle
(Alaska) -- Addressing the widespread use of violence against Alaska Native women was one of the dominating topics at the 2019 Alaska Federation of Natives convention....

10/23/2019

article Illuminating the Plight of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Toronto) -- Sequoia Miller, chief curator at the Gardiner Museum, has it all planned. On a warm August morning, the piece that he intended to display in the lobby of...
article Crow Nation is a place where one could vanish - and many have
(Montana) -- CJ Stewart's cousin. BethYana Pease's friend. Mary Amyette's niece. Crow Nation is the sort of place where a person could vanish. And a place...

10/22/2019

article Murkowski bill aims to protect Alaska Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- A new bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski aims to help tribes protect and defend Alaska Native women. A pilot program under the bill would allow...
article First and Second Lady of the Navajo Nation to work on Missing and Murdered Women Task Forces
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation announced the appointment by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan of Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Nez to serve on the New Mexico’s...
article COLUMN: Fighting for the missing Indigenous women
(Indian Country) -- When Melissa Eagleshield left her friend's rural home outside of Detroit Lakes in the early hours of Oct. 5, 2014, she would never be seen again.

10/20/2019

article 'Unthinkable': Community reacts to recent murders of Alaska Native women
(Alaska) -- They were missing, before their loved ones learned they were murdered. Now, Alaskans across the state and those who knew Veronica Abouchuk, 53, and Kathleen...

10/19/2019

article Family of pregnant woman fatally shot by King County deputies files civil rights lawsuit
(Washington) -- The family of a 23-year-old mother of three shot and killed in 2016 by King County sheriff’s deputies has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit...
article $331k grant awarded to Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo to combat domestic violence
(Texas) -- The Department of Justice awarded a Federal Grant to the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo (Tigua) on Friday to help combat domestic violence against women on the...

10/18/2019

article 1 in 3 American Indian and Alaska Native women will be raped, but survivors rarely find justice on tribal lands
(USA) -- Twila Szymanski lowered the scope on her rifle, took aim and hit a target in the distance. The shooting range is where she and her husband go to relax and...
article Empire Live: Violence against Native women and children is glaring issue with complicated facets
(Alaska) -- The panel closed for the afternoon with a special recognition for Portugal. The Man, a Grammy-award winning Alaskan band who have used their platform to call...
article Veronica Abouchuk: Remembering the Murdered Alaska Woman
(Alaska) -- Veronica Abouchuk is the second Alaskan native woman who police now say was murdered by a married South African man who had moved to Alaska. Abouchuk, who...
article 'Unthinkable': Community reacts to recent murders of Alaska Native women
(Alaska) -- They were missing, before their loved ones learned they were murdered. Now, Alaskans across the state and those who knew Veronica Abouchuk, 53, and Kathleen...
article Brian Smith now indicted in the murders of 2 Alaska Native women
(Alaska) -- A man arrested earlier this month for the torture and murder of a woman in an Anchorage hotel room is now charged with a second killing. Law enforcement...
article Man charged with murders of two Alaska Native women
(Alaska) -- A digital camera card containing videos of a man beating and strangling a woman in a hotel room led to the arrest of an immigrant from South Africa charged...
article 'Follow the evidence, find the truth' goal of reinvestigation of deaths of 9 Indigenous people in Thunder Bay
(Ontario) -- A dedicated group of officers from the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) and the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS) are reviewing the old case notes and...

10/14/2019

article Majority of Manitoba homicide victims are Indigenous men, but 'it's not really talked about': advocate
(Manitoba) -- Jane Mitchell's son became part of what she calls an upsetting and disturbing trend in Manitoba this year. Jordan Wade Batenchuk, Mitchell's son,...
article What the parties are promising this election about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
(Ottawa) -- Little time has been spent on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls so far in the federal election campaign, sparking skepticism from...
article NAC: Jurisdiction and justice for violence victims
(Indian Country) -- The complicated legal agreements between federal, local and tribal agencies can hinder enforcement of sexual assault cases on reservations. A new...

10/12/2019

article Albuquerque places focus on missing Native Americans
(New Mexico) -- Albuquerque officials cast a spotlight on the city's missing Native Americans on Friday, saying police figures show 42 open missing person cases...
article Feds comes to Rapid City to listen to local leaders on MMIW
(South Dakota) -- Federal government officials visited Rapid City this week to learn how they can help local tribal, health and public safety leaders address the crisis...

10/11/2019

article Committee to examine Native American women’s deaths, disappearances
(New Mexico) -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed eight members to a task force established to examine the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. She...
article Justice for Kaysera: Native teen’s mysterious death highlights epidemic of murdered indigenous women
(Montana) -- The family of Native American teenager Kaysera Stops Pretty Places is demanding justice after she was found dead in Hardin, Montana, in late August, just...

10/9/2019

article Laurier’s Brantford campus hosts commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Canada) -- On Oct. 4, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus hosted an event in remembrance of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
article No answers 2 years after 20-year-old student vanishes -- a single case in an epidemic in American Native communities
(Wyoming) -- In a remote corner of the Blackfeet Nation, tucked beside a dark stretch of cottonwood and paper birch, there was a desolate trailer that had been vacant...
article 'Incredibly difficult and painful time': Missing Winnipeg woman believed dead, police say
(Manitoba) -- Miranda Belle, who has been missing from Winnipeg since August, is probably dead, police say — and her family begs anyone with information to come forward...

10/8/2019

article Families share grief, frustration at Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Tribunal
(Montana) -- Kimberly Loring thinks about her younger sister Ashley all the time. She likes to recall happy memories, like when she and Ashley played tag while riding...
article Missing Native American Women Advocates Call for Action
(Montana) -- Native advocates and the Blackfeet Nation late last week held what is being called the first-ever Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Tribunal in the U.S...
article No answers 2 years after 20-year-old student vanishes -- a single case in an epidemic in American Native communities
(Montana) -- In a remote corner of the Blackfeet Nation, tucked beside a dark stretch of cottonwood and paper birch, there was a desolate trailer that had been vacant...
article Tribal roles to focus on missing, murdered indigenous people
(Washington) -- State law enforcement officials are hiring two people with significant experience in tribal or urban Native communities for new roles created by...
article Outdoor exhibit undresses reality many Indigenous women face
(South Dakota) -- Following a prayer circle, the Red Ribbon Skirt Society draped 70 red dresses from the trees on The Journey Museum's grounds representing more than...
article More details needed in Manitoba response to Tina Fontaine report: advocate
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba's advocate for youth says a lot more needs to be done if the government is to save children in care from the grim reality of an Indigenous...

10/7/2019

article MMIW Tribunal Pushes For Congressional Action
(Montana) -- Native advocates and the Blackfeet Nation late last week held what is being called the first-ever Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Tribunal in the U.S...
article A Broken Trust: Sexual Assault And Justice On Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Sexual assault investigations can fall through the cracks when tribes and the federal government fail to work together. Twila Szymanski lowers the...
article OP/ED: The FBI's continued culture of silence when Montana needs it most
(Montana) -- Maybe the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most notable area agent and presence in Montana must scale back his important work because Washington, D.C...

10/6/2019

article Tribunal records testimony from families of missing and murdered Native people
(Montana) -- At a tribunal here to record testimony from the families of Indigenous people who have gone missing or been murdered, organizer Belinda Bullshoe left a red...
article Extractive Industries Are Fueling Violence Against Indigenous Women
(South Dakota) -- Later this month, the South Dakota Water Management Board will be holding five hearings on water permits needed for the Keystone XL pipeline expansion...
article ‘Justice for Rosenda’
(Washington) -- Rosenda Strong was last seen one year ago today, on Oct. 2, 2018. She was a mother of four, a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian...

10/5/2019

article Indigenous Artists Sing for the Murdered and Missing
(North America) -- Singers and songwriters from U.S. tribes and Canada's First Nations are using their art to honor and raise awareness of missing and murdered...
article Indigenous designer fights MMIW crisis with fashion
(North Dakota) -- Models with red and black handprints painted on their faces strutted across the stage wearing Darlene Perkins originals. The women’s dresses were...
article Indigenous Artists Sing for the Murdered and Missing
(Indian Country) -- Singers and songwriters from U.S. tribes and Canada's First Nations are using their art to honor and raise awareness of missing and murdered...
article 'Bring Her Home' exhibit to open at Watermark
(Minnesota) -- Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island" exhibit is opening with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Watermark Art Center,...
article Update: Native American trans activist found
(California) -- The Los Angeles Police Department has issued a missing persons alert for a trans activist who spoke in Reno in September. According to reporting in the...

10/4/2019

article Why Aren’t Fossil Fuel Companies Held Accountable for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women?
(North America) -- Later this month, the South Dakota Water Management Board will be holding five hearings on water permits needed for the Keystone XL pipeline expansion...
article On day to honour MMIWG, Indigenous women reflect on national inquiry, Viens Commission
(Ottawa) -- From coast to coast to coast, Oct. 4 has become a day to honour and raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada. For...
press release Newsy uncovers a broken justice system for sexual assault survivors on tribal lands
(Indian Country) -- Over the course of an 18-month investigation into prosecutions of sexual assault on tribal lands, Newsy reporters uncovered breakdowns in the federal...

10/3/2019

article 'It's a genocide': People of Pabineau First Nation urge more be done for MMIWG
(New Brunswick) -- For the dozens of people on Pabineau First Nation who attended a vigil and march Wednesday to honour their missing and murdered Indigenous women and...

10/2/2019

article House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona lawmakers questioned administration officials Sept. 11 on what they are doing to deal with the problem of missing and murdered indigenous...
article Mount Allison unveils 'powerful' artwork to commemorate MMIWG
(New Brunswick) -- Dozens of red dresses were hung across the campus at Mount Allison University on Tuesday to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women...
article "We miss you every day, every second."
(Washington) -- Native women and girls suffer physical and sexual violence, go missing and are murdered with alarming frequency. On some reservations in the United...

10/1/2019

article #NotInvisible: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
(Montana) -- Every October, advocates and communities from across Indian country and the United States rally together in honor of survivors of domestic violence and...
article Big Horn County creating task force to investigate missing-and-murdered cases
(Montana) -- Big Horn County Attorney Jay Harris is launching a new task force to investigate missing and murdered people, just weeks after an 18-year-old woman was...
article Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved
(California) -- Driving through northern California is such a peaceful, solace-filled, meditative journey. One could get caught up in beautiful dreams and thoughts with...

9/30/2019

article Are Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men in US Being Ignored?
(Washington D.C.) -- Hub Binion Williamson, 34, was last seen in April near Hardin, Montana, about 12 miles away from his home on the Crow Indian Reservation. It was a...
article Tribunal on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to be Held in Browning
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Nation will host the first Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) tribunal ever held in the U.S. on Oct. 4-5. The two-day event, held at...

9/28/2019

article Candlelight Vigil Shines Light on Missing, Murdered
(Arizona) -- It was a beautiful fall evening. There was a sense of serenity about the event. People sat silently, some with heads down, some with a look of hope and...
article Minnesota is finally acting to protect Native women
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota is consistently rated one of the happiest, healthiest, most economically vibrant states in the nation. For many of us, our state is a great...
article Boon for indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- Congressman Markwayne Mullin has a top-drawer staff working for him, and they crank out the press releases, sometimes a handful each week. But like...

9/27/2019

article Task force on crimes against indigenous women still waiting on funding
(Washington D.C.) -- State officials agree on this much: “Not one red penny” of the $150,000 allocated for a task force on missing and murdered indigenous...
article U.S. attorney staff added to missing indigenous persons panel
(Montana) -- Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Cobell has been appointed as the office’s representative on the Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force, the U.S....
article Family seeks answers after Crow woman’s death
(Montana) -- Donation vases and a bundle of sweetgrass sat on a draped table at the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center (MUIHC) parking lot on Monday, Sept. 23. Beside...
article Minnesota is finally acting to protect Native women
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota is consistently rated one of the happiest, healthiest, most economically vibrant states in the nation. For many of us, our state is a great...
article Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved
(California) -- Driving through northern California is such a peaceful, solace-filled, meditative journey. One could get caught up in beautiful dreams and thoughts with...
article Coroner's inquest into death of Cynthia Blackjack set for January
(North Canada) -- A coroner's inquest into the 2013 death of Carmacks, Yukon, resident Cynthia Blackjack has been set for January. The inquest is scheduled to happen...
article Family of murdered Stephenville woman say killer has returned, wants to serve parole in community
(North Canada) -- The family of a Stephenville woman who was murdered 16 years ago is slamming the parole board for releasing her killer, and for allowing him to both...

9/26/2019

article 'Shoddy example.' How to count the Native women who have gone missing?
(Washington) -- Daisy Mae Heath went missing more than 30 years ago. Her family doesn’t know what happened to her. She is one of an unknown number of missing and...
article Start of missing, murdered women panel moving ‘at speed of bureaucracy’
(Washington D.C.) -- State officials agree on this much: “Not one red penny” of the $150,000 allocated for a task force on missing and murdered indigenous...
press release Murdered And Missing Indigenous Women tribunal set for October 4, 5
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Nation will host the first-ever Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) tribunal in the US over the weekend of October 4 and 5 at the...

9/25/2019

article Start of missing, murdered women panel moving ‘at speed of bureaucracy’
(Washington D.C.) -- State officials agree on this much: “Not one red penny” of the $150,000 allocated for a task force on missing and murdered indigenous...
article Q&A: Father writes book about daughter's death to raise awareness about MMIWG
(Ontario) -- A book written by John Fox Sr. looks at the circumstances surrounding the death of his daughter and his fight for justice for missing and murdered...
article Why Indigenous Activists Are Hanging Dresses Along the 16th Street Mall
(Colorado) -- If you see red and black dresses hanging from trees along the 16th Street Mall this week, know that they're not there by accident. Members of the...
article Neil Howard Neshinapaise, charged with killing Amelia Corrie Sainnawap makes 1st court appearance
(Ontario) -- A second-degree murder charge has officially been entered against a 43-year-old Thunder Bay, Ont., man in the death of Corrie Sainnawap on the city's...
article Q&A: Father writes book about daughter's death to raise awareness about MMIWG
(Ottawa) -- A book written by John Fox Sr. looks at the circumstances surrounding the death of his daughter and his fight for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous...
article Why Indigenous Activists Are Hanging Dresses Along the 16th Street Mall
(Colorado) -- If you see red and black dresses hanging from trees along the 16th Street Mall this week, know that they're not there by accident. Members of the...

9/24/2019

article Blackfeet Nation to host tribunal on murdered, missing indigenous women
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Nation will host the first-ever Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) tribunal in the United States over the weekend of Oct. 4 and 5 at...
article Blackfeet Nation to host tribunal on murdered, missing indigenous women
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Nation will host the first-ever Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) tribunal in the United States over the weekend of Oct. 4 and 5 at...

9/23/2019

article 'Enough is enough:' Missoulians demand answers in Hardin death
(Montana) -- Q.J. Means still remembers the last time he saw his niece, Kaysera Stops Pretty Places. Means had been close to Stops Pretty Places after she was born in...
article Vigils for Native American Woman Held in Missoula and Hardin
(Montana) -- Two candlelight vigils, one in Missoula and one in Hardin, were held simultaneously on Monday morning in honor of 18 year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places,...

9/22/2019

article 'Many years of silence to catch up on' as Indigenous writers front and centre at Winnipeg festival
(Winnipeg) -- Winnipeg is home to the start of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womens and Girls Inquiry, and home to thousands of Indigenous people. Now writers and...

9/21/2019

article Group says state study on missing Native women 'severely lacking'
(Washington) -- A leading advocate for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls has said they go missing three times: in life, in the media and in the data. And...
article Seattle leaders approve resolution for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
(Washington) -- One by one, the women spoke of unfathomable pain – of loved ones lost, of institutional indifference that allowed loved ones’ cases to go...
article Why Canada's new Indigenous Theatre is launching with a heartbreaking play on MMIWG
(Ottawa) -- This month, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa launched its new Indigenous Theatre department with a festival called Mòshkamo, and CBC Arts: Exhibitionists...

9/19/2019

article Dance group that raises awareness of missing Indigenous women now looking for one of their own
(British Columbia) -- A dance group from British Columbia that travels around the world doing performances to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women...

9/18/2019

article Legislators To Unveil Bill To Help Missing And Abused Native American Women
(Wisconsin) -- Legislators will be in Lac du Flambeau Wednesday to discuss a bipartisan bill aimed at lessening the scourge of violence against tribal women.
article Wisconsin lawmakers may create a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women. Experts say it's just a first step.
(Wisconsin) -- A group of lawmakers Wednesday announced legislation that would create a task force to address missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Experts...

9/17/2019

article 'Now is the time for truth, healing, and unity': Sarah Eagle Heart joins Women's March leadership
(Washington D.C.) -- Sarah Eagle Heart, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has joined the board of the Women's March, the organization behind the massive rallies...
article RECAP: Sovereignty and Native Women's Safety at US Capitol
(Washington D.C.) -- Braving brutal temperatures and high humidity, Native women rallied at the U.S. Capitol last week to honor survivors of violence and to push for...

9/16/2019

article Bipartisan House Members Co-lead Solutions to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) helped introduce the BADGES for Native Communities Act with Congresswoman Deb Haaland (N.M.-01) to fight violence...

9/15/2019

article In Indian Country, A ‘Maze Of Injustice’ Persists For Women
(California) -- In December 2010, Judge Claudette White from the tribal court of the Quechan Tribe in Southern California was trying to file a protection order for a...
article NMSP Issues Missing Endangered Juvenile Advisory For Eight Year Old Girl Last Seen At State Fai
(New Mexico) -- The following is information for the distribution of a Missing Endangered Juvenile Advisory from the New Mexico State Police. For information on the...

9/13/2019

article Murders, disappearances and abuse: The Native American women of Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- There was a time in the late 1980s, says Darla Black, when the safest place for her at night was locked in a prison cell. Her partner at the time was a...
article ICYMI: House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona lawmakers questioned administration officials Wednesday on what they are doing to deal with the problem of missing and murdered indigenous...
article Puyallup woman whose mother disappeared speaks out for missing indigenous women
(Washington) -- Carolyn DeFord stood to speak as others in the room, elected officials and community advocates and indigenous people like herself, looked up and listened...
article Inquest into Tanya Day’s death in custody
(Australia) -- On a chilly Saturday evening in the midst of the six-week inquest into the death in custody of Aunty Tanya Day, I made the last-minute decision to drive...
article Tanya Day's family call for criminal investigation on final day of coronial inquest
(Australia) -- Family members of an Aboriginal woman who died after suffering catastrophic brain injuries while locked in a Victorian police cell are adamant she will be...

9/11/2019

article Federal bill introduced Wednesday seeks to bridge agency data gaps and ensure safety for Native communities
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal bill introduced Wednesday will help address the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis by supporting law enforcement agency data...
article House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona lawmakers questioned administration officials Wednesday on what they are doing to deal with the problem of missing and murdered indigenous...
article Montana DOJ hires missing persons specialist, Native communities coordinator
(Montana) -- The Montana Department of Justice announced in a press release on Monday that it has hired a Missing Persons Specialist and a LINC (Looping in Native...
article City resolves to help end violence against Indigenous women
(Washington) -- In an emotional vote that left many on the dais and in City Council chambers in tears, Seattle’s elected officials voted unanimously to pass a...
article The Fight To End Violence Against Indigenous Women Continues In Iowa
(Iowa) -- The statistics are devastating. According to the National Institute of Justice, four out of five American Indian or Alaska Native women have been victims of...

9/10/2019

article Tears flow as Seattle Council commits to supporting Native Americans
(Washington) -- “Reclaiming the inherent responsibility of the City to protect its most vulnerable populations.” Those are the first words in a resolution...
article MT DOJ hires 2 people to assist with missing persons cases
(Montana) -- The Montana Department of Justice announced in a press release on Monday that it has hired a Missing Persons Specialist and a LINC (Looping in Native...
article 'Tragic and haunting memory': B.C. family has been missing for 30 years
(British Columbia) -- The early hours of Aug. 2, 1989 was the last time anyone heard from the Jack family. Ronnie Jack had called his mother in the Burns Lake, B.C. area...

9/9/2019

article DOJ Hires Missing Persons Specialist, Grant Coordinator
(Montana) -- Montana’s Department of Justice has hired two people to oversee efforts to better report and track missing persons cases. Attorney General Tim Fox...
article Seattle vows to address crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls
(Washington) -- The Seattle City Council adopted a resolution Monday acknowledging violence against indigenous women and girls and vowing to address the crisis by hiring...
article Indigenous elders gather in Winnipeg to talk about climate change, MMIWG
(Winnipeg) -- First Nations, Inuit and Métis elders from across the country are meeting in Winnipeg to share knowledge and talk about issues like missing and murdered...

9/8/2019

article Who are they? MT children recently reported missing
(Montana) -- These are recent reports of missing children made to local law enforcement. If you think you have seen a missing child, contact the National Center for...

9/7/2019

article Murders of Native American women a crisis in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- Katina Locklear died at end of a dirt road, her body abandoned next to a bug-infested drainage ditch where frogs jump past any intruder.

9/6/2019

article Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women billboard goes up in Duluth
(Minnesota) -- The first Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) billboard was placed in Duluth in August, in an effort to raise awareness and build momentum for...

9/5/2019

article Honor missing and murdered indigenous women
(New Mexico) -- At Community Against Violence, we have seen time after time that if you have a perception of another person or group of people as somehow "less than...

9/4/2019

article Milwaukee artist honors missing and murdered Native women with squash blossoms
(Wisconsin) -- Valaria Tatera was 5 years old and her mother was 30 when they both learned they shared roots with Wisconsin's Bad River Band of Lake Superior...

9/3/2019

article MMIWG final report quietly altered after CBC inquired about errors
(Ottawa) -- The MMIWG national inquiry overstated in its final report the percentage of Canadian homicide victims who are Indigenous women and girls by misquoting a...
article An epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous people in Montana
(Montana) -- The Montana Department of Justice’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force held its second meeting in Great Falls on Saturday, August 10, and Montana...

8/31/2019

article Marchers demand justice for Rosenda Strong, other missing, murdered indigenous women
(Washington) -- More than 40 people took to the streets of Wapato on Saturday afternoon to demand justice for Rosenda Sophia Strong and other missing and murdered...
article Sagkeeng woman walking to Winnipeg seeking justice for slain cousin
(Canada) -- A woman from Sagkeeng First Nation is walking to Winnipeg seeking justice for missing and murdered women, girls and men in her community, including her...

8/30/2019

article Bead art commemorating missing and murdered Indigenous women makes Canadian debut in Toronto
(Ontario) -- An art installation meant to bring visibility to murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ community members is making its Canadian debut in...

8/28/2019

article US Attorney: Feds Push for Progress on Tribal Safety
(New Mexico) -- Federal officials have launched multiple measures to reduce cases of missing and killed Native Americans in the past year, including boosting funding for...
article CSKT forum addressing Missing Murdered Indigenous Person crisis
(Montana) -- The Missing Murdered Indigenous Person crisis is one that state lawmakers are helping to address after passing multiple bills this last session....

8/26/2019

article N.W.T. government not yet committing to all relevant MMIWG recommendations
(Northwest Territories) -- The N.W.T. government is not yet committing to act on all the recommendations from the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and...
article Murders of Native American women a crisis in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- Katina Locklear died at end of a dirt road, her body abandoned next to a bug-infested drainage ditch where frogs jump past any intruder. To hear her...
article One woman’s 25-year fight to find the person who killed her sister
(Ontario) -- For 25 years, Meggie Cywink has done everything in her power to find the person who killed her sister, Sonya Nadine Mae. In the process, she’s become...

8/25/2019

article Murders of Native American women a crisis in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- Katina Locklear died at end of a dirt road, her body abandoned next to a bug-infested drainage ditch where frogs jump past any intruder. To hear her...

8/24/2019

article Missing and murdered women is a grim, unsolved problem. Native communities are demanding action.
(Iowa) -- Faith Spotted Eagle recalls, as if it were yesterday, the time she and three friends were viciously beaten by five white men. It was 1974, months after an...
article Virtual Dialogue on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- On Thursday, July 18th the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) and the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), Administration for...

8/23/2019

article Federal prosecutors: No charges in Montana teen's death near Lame Deer
(Montana) -- Federal authorities say alcohol use was a significant factor in the death of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found on a south-central Montana American...
article 'Those are statistics we shouldn't be leading the nation on'--addressing violence against Alaska Natives
(Alaska) -- Tara Sweeney, the first Alaska Native to oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Department of the Interior, Acting Deputy Secretary Kate MacGregor...
article Feds won't seek charges for Henny Scott's death
(Wyoming) -- The U.S. Attorney’s Office will not seek federal charges in the death of Henny Scott, a 14-year-old Lame Deer girl whose body was found on Dec. 28,...

8/21/2019

article Violence Against Native American Women Addressed at LaMere Forum
(Iowa) -- The Democratic presidential candidates who spoke during a two-day forum in Sioux City addressed what some call an “epidemic” of violence against...
article Legislation proposed to address missing, murdered indigenous people
(Wyoming) -- Proposed legislation would give officials in Wyoming a clearer picture of missing and murdered Indigenous people while improving cooperation among federal,...

8/20/2019

article Candidates says missing, murdered Native American women deserve justice
(Iowa) -- The Democratic presidential candidates who spoke during a two-day forum in Sioux City addressed what some call an “epidemic” of violence against...
article Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Billboard Campaign Comes To Riverton
(Wyoming) -- Earlier this month, a billboard was posted in Casper to highlight the high rates of violence and abuse perpetrated against Indigenous women. Now, you'll...
article US non-profit sues FBI for not reporting native American homicides, cites brutal murder of pregnant Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a 31-year-old Congressional mandate that homicides and other major crimes must be reported to the Uniform Crime Report, the US's...

8/19/2019

article Loved ones of missing and murdered men and boys also wait for answers
(Washington) -- Alfrieda Peters remembers heading to the hospital to get her new baby brother, Anthony. She remembers the maroon car her grandpa drove that late March...
article Power Up: Interior proposes cold case task force to tackle high number of missing and murdered indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- There was little fanfare when President Trump designated May 5 as “Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day.” But...
article Eye on New Mexico: Missing and murdered Native American women
(New Mexico) -- In this Eye on New Mexico, Colton Shone discusses the important issue of missing and murdered Native American women. Cheyenne Antonion, sex trafficking...
article Governor Ducey Signs Bill Taking Action For Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls
(Arizona) -- n August 13th, 2019, Governor Doug Ducey joined families, tribal leaders, members of law enforcement, elected officials and more to sign H.B. 2570,...

8/16/2019

article Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Study Committee Bill Signed by Arizona Governor Ducey
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Council Delegates Amber Kanazbah Crotty and Eugene Tso were present at the signing of House Bill 2570 by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in...
article Signed into law: Arizona bill to study the data about missing and murdered Indigenous women
(Arizona) -- One more state weighed in on the complex problem of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls this week. The issue is particularly complicated because...
article 'Hurts just as bad': Tina Fontaine's family, friends mourn 5 years after death
(Manitoba) -- On a recent warm evening in Winnipeg, a woman ran up to the Bear Clan Patrol in a panic, asking for help to find her niece who had not returned home....
article 'Nothing has changed:' Tina Fontaine's body pulled from river five years ago
(Manitoba) -- It was quiet on the summer day when Cora Morgan and her cousin stood on the waterfront and performed a smudging ceremony for a young Indigenous girl pulled...

8/15/2019

article Arizona Task Force Will Investigate Missing and Murdered Native American Women
(Arizona) -- An Arizona task force will investigate how to combat violence against Indigenous women and girls starting Aug. 27, a state lawmaker said Tuesday, shortly...
article Native American women can be 'easy prey' for violence. It's a crisis in NC.
(North Carolina) -- Katina Locklear died at end of a dirt road, her body abandoned next to a bug-infested drainage ditch where frogs jump past any intruder. To hear her...

8/14/2019

article Signs for Missing, Murdered Native Women Go up in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- Billboards drawing attention to the thousands of murdered and missing American Indian women are being placed in Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune reports one...

8/13/2019

article Governor Ducey Signs Bill Taking Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
(Arizona) -- Governor Doug Ducey today joined families, tribal leaders, members of law enforcement, elected officials and more to sign H.B. 2570, legislation...

8/12/2019

article Temecula teen’s play tackles tough topic: kidnappings, killings of indigenous women and girls
(California) -- Menil, a young Cahuilla girl wearing a red dress, strums a guitar as she sings. A dark figure appears behind her. She screams and struggles as the...
article Yakima coroner hopes to exhume woman’s remains, to find her identity and her killer
(Washington) -- Investigators hope in the next several weeks to exhume the remains of a woman whose life and death have been a mystery ever since she was found more than...

8/11/2019

article Not Invisible: Confronting a crisis of violence against Native women
(Washington) -- Native American women have been targeted with high rates of violence, murder, rape and disappearance for centuries. This ongoing series explores how...
article Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force meets in Great Falls
(Montana) -- Members of the Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force met in Great Falls on Saturday. Montana Senate Bill 312, or the Looping in Native Communities (...
article New mural at MSUB highlights missing and murdered indigenous women
(Montana) -- For the past three weeks, artist Terri Porta has been using spray paint to transform a wall at Montana State University Billings into a piece of art that...
article Missing indigenous person panel considers adding federal, local law enforcement
(Montana) -- Members of a state task force looking at murdered and missing indigenous people are suggesting more groups be added to the panel to include federal and...
article ‘We cannot be invisible any longer’
(Washington) -- On a sunny Saturday in November, dozens of relatives and friends of Rosenda Strong dressed in red and marched through the streets of Wapato in Yakima...

8/10/2019

article Red on the "M": Advocates for missing and murdered indigenous women outline Missoula landmark to raise awareness
(Montana) -- The "M" on Mount Sentinel caught the attention of Missoulians Saturday when advocates for missing and murdered indigenous women, and missing and...
article Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force meets in Great Falls
(Montana) -- Members of the Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force met in Great Falls on Saturday. Montana Senate Bill 312, or the Looping in Native Communities (...
article Mural in Santa Fe underscores violence against Indigenous women
(New Mexico) -- The Cochiti artists and siblings Diego and Mateo Romero have painted a mural of Native American women outside Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts and...

8/9/2019

article Senator meets with Yakama Nation Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women committee
(Washington) -- Washington State Senator Patty Murray met with the Yakama Nation tribal council on Wednesday to discuss indigenous issues, including the rise of missing...
article The sexual assault charges against Quebec police officers weren't publicized. Women's groups wonder why
(Quebec) -- When two police officers were recently charged with sexual assault, Quebec's police oversight body didn't take any steps to inform the public. Women...
article 7th person charged in killing of Tiki Laverdiere, Canada-wide arrest warrant issued
(Saskatchewan) -- A seventh person has been charged in the killing of 25-year-old Edmonton woman Tiki Laverdiere. Laverdiere's body was found near North Battleford,...

8/7/2019

article Package of Bills Aim to Bring Justice for Native American Women
(North Dakota) -- August first was the big day: all the changes North Dakota lawmakers set in motion earlier in the year went into effect. KX News is putting you first...
article 6th person charged in killing of Tiki Laverdiere in Sask.
(Saskatchewan) -- A sixth person has been charged in connection with the alleged murder of 25-year-old Edmonton woman Tiki Laverdiere, whose remains were found near...

8/6/2019

article Signs for Missing, Murdered Native Women Go up in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- Billboards drawing attention to the thousands of murdered and missing American Indian women are being placed in Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune reports one...

8/5/2019

article Billboards raising awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women pop up in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- Motorists in parts of Wyoming might soon start noticing billboards meant to draw attention to missing and murdered Indigenous people across the country and...

8/4/2019

article New search for 16-year-old Oklahoma girls missing since 1999
(Oklahoma) -- Authorities in Oklahoma are starting a new search for two 16-year-old girls missing and presumed dead for nearly 20 years

8/2/2019

article Work on MMIWG inquiry a difficult journey for Yukon man
(North Canada) -- A​ ​Yukon sound and video company owner says recording and archiving the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was...
article Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., announce members of task force that will re-investigate nine cases
(Ontario) -- Thunder Bay's police chief, Ontario's chief coroner, and the grand chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation will be among those who help oversee re-...

8/1/2019

article 550-mile walk along Red River honors missing and murdered indigenous women
(Minnesota) -- Two women — one carrying a bucket of water and the other carrying a staff tied with red ribbons and a single eagle feather — marched north...
article Handling of criminal investigations on the reservation
(North Dakota) -- Wednesday we reported on the one-year mark of the discovery of Olivia Lone Bear, and the timeline of events leading up to this week. Now we're...
article We’ve Heard From Nearly 300 Survivors of Sexual Assault in Alaska. But There Are More of You We’d Like to Reach.
(Alaska) -- ProPublica and the Anchorage Daily News are working together to report on sexual violence in Alaska. We have received hundreds of responses to our calls for...
article Fort Belknap woman missing
(Montana) -- Authorities are searching for an 18-year-old woman from the Fort Belknap Reservation who was last seen in North Dakota according to the Montana Department...

7/31/2019

article The Vanished: Investigation continues into death of Rosenda Strong with more examinations, tests
(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 Mom of Slain Navajo Girl Urges Tribes to Use Amber Alerts
(New Mexico) -- The mother of a Navajo girl who was abducted and killed in 2016 is urging tribal officials to take advantage of tools and funding that have been made...

7/30/2019

article 1 year later, no answers from FBI about death of Olivia Lone Bear
(North Dakota) -- No updates in the yearlong death investigation of Olivia Lone Bear on the Fort Berthold Reservation have left her family, tribal officials and state...

7/29/2019

article Effort to improve data on missing and murdered indigenous women
(Washington) -- Members of the Native American community say missing and murdered indigenous women and girls are not just a nationwide crisis, but a data crisis as well...
article Oklahoma mulling steps to curb missing Native American women
(Oklahoma) -- Rebecca Ponkilla still remembers the last moment she saw her daughter. She hugged Ida Beard inside their El Reno home as her daughter’s friends...

7/28/2019

article Oklahoma mulling steps to curb missing Native American women
(Oklahoma) -- Rebecca Ponkilla still remembers the last moment she saw her daughter. She hugged Ida Beard inside their El Reno home as her daughter's friends waited...

7/27/2019

article Oklahoma mulling steps to curb missing Native American women
(Oklahoma) -- Rebecca Ponkilla still remembers the last moment she saw her daughter. She hugged Ida Beard inside their El Reno home as her daughter's friends waited...

7/26/2019

article Across Wyoming, conversations about missing and murdered indigenous people gain momentum
(Wyoming) -- Gov. Mark Gordon’s task force to address the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous people met for the first time Wednesday in Cheyenne. The...
article Task force formed to study missing and murdered Native American women
(Wyoming) -- A group formed to study missing and murdered Native American women and girls in Wyoming will begin meeting next week, Gov. Mark Gordon said Wednesday....

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