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Who are the missing Native women and how do we find them?

On the Yakama reservation the phrase be careful is often repeated to Yakama women. Still, many outside the Yakama Nation are unaware of the long history of violence against Native women, which is why it’s been called a silent crisis.

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12/5/2019

article Native American women more likely to experience sexual violence on campus, across country
(Wisconsin) -- Twenty percent of women will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives — but that number jumps to 45 percent when applied to Native...

12/4/2019

article Albertans encouraged to implement calls to justice from MMIWG inquiry
(Alberta) -- Every Albertan should play a role in advancing the calls to justice that came out of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and...
article 'It's bittersweet': Cassidy Bernard's family responds to arrest
(Nova Scotia) -- A member of Cassidy Bernard's family is feeling hopeful after the father of her young twin daughters was charged with second-degree murder more than...
article Play shines light on struggles endured by MMIWG families
(Manitoba) -- The Hours That Remain is about the struggles families endure after an Indigenous woman or girl goes missing — struggles often suffered in silence.

12/3/2019

article U.S. partners with tribes to combat Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons
(Washington D.C.) -- On Nov. 26, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer joined President Donald Trump for signing of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons executive...
article RCMP to provide update on investigation into death of Cassidy Bernard
(Nova Scotia) -- RCMP are planning to make an announcement Tuesday in relation to the case of Cassidy Bernard, who was found dead in her home on We'koqma'q First...

12/2/2019

article Native American Views Mixed on Trump Task Force for Missing, Murdered
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans are taking a wait-and-see approach to a new White House task force charged with boosting the physical safety of indigenous people...
article Making Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Visible
(USA) -- 2019 was a groundbreaking year for Native American women. In January, Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo woman from New Mexico, and Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho...
article Toppenish vigil urges public to remember missing and murdered Native people
(Washington) -- They just don’t want their loved ones forgotten. There were plenty of reasons family and friends of missing and murdered indigenous people...
article BLOG: The Crisis Of Murdered And Missing Indigenous Women And Why Tribes Need The Power To Address It
(USA) -- Last week, President Trump signed an executive order creating a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women. The task force, which will develop...
article Cole commends federal efforts to stop predators in Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) last week praised recent federal actions to stem the tide of missing and murdered Native Americans. “I am very encouraged...
article Missing Indigenous Person Task Force to meet in Browning, Great Falls
(Montana) -- The Missing Indigenous Person Task Force (MIPTF) hopes to gain input from and provide resources to the public at community meetings in Browning on Tuesday (...

12/1/2019

press release Statement from Abigail Echo-Hawk regarding executive order to establish federal MMIWG task force
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the Trump Administration issued an executive order to establish a federal task force to address the missing and murdered Indigenous women and...

11/30/2019

article Federal Task Force To Address Crime Epidemic Against Native Women And Girls
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday creating a White House task force on missing and slain American Indians and Alaska Natives. The task...
article Mullin, Cole support murdered and missing indigenous people initiative
(Washington D.C.) -- Oklahoma’s two tribal member congressmen, Markwayne Mullin and Tom Cole, endorsed the Trump administration’s initiative for addressing...
article Native leader says Trump's empty promises won't halt crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women
(California) -- President Trump's promise to halt the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women is no more than an empty promise aimed at getting votes, says...
article Editorial: Welcome steps involving missing Native American women and girls
(Nebraska) -- A national study this year pointed to the alarming number of Native American women and girls reported missing across the nation — more than 5,700...
article Members of local tribes raise their hands to end the silence on missing, murdered indigenous women
(Utah) -- In response to the growing problem of missing and murdered Native American women, a local indigenous organization held a rally to raise awareness on...

11/29/2019

article 'We Can Do This Together': Navajo Lawmaker Says Families Of Missing, Murdered People Need Help Now
(New Mexico) -- When Tyrannus White, 41, went missing here in March, his parents ran into a dizzying maze as they sought help from law enforcement to find their son....
article Flanagan: Task force on missing and murdered indigenous women an 'important first step'
(Minnesota) -- President Donald Trump's move to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women is a good first step, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan...
article New task force will address epidemic of missing American Indians and Alaska Natives
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorney General William Barr and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will oversee the effort, which targets new and unsolved missing person and...
article US attorney from Oklahoma appointed to new task force for missing, murdered native people
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma has been appointed to a new task force focused on missing and murdered Native Americans. The...
article Belated bill to help solve indigenous cold cases gains steam
(North Dakota) -- A bill originally meant to help law enforcement investigate cold cases of murdered and missing indigenous women that has floundered in Congress for two...
article Vicki Eagleman’s story: Forgotten on the reservation
(South Dakota) -- Who killed Vicki Eagleman? That's a question that's been left unanswered on the Lower Brule Lakota Indian Reservation for more than 13 years....

11/28/2019

article As U.S. launches its own MMIWG task force, some Indigenous advocates are wary
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's new task force into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is "not necessarily a bad thing,"...
article Mother trying to raise awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico mother is creating a series of photos to raise awareness for a problem she too, has been personally affected by: missing and murdered...
article 'Ask for help if you need it': Mother of missing woman speaks out about recovering from trauma
(North Canada) -- After nine years without her daughter Angela, Kathy Meyer has learned to stop asking, "What if?" No more thoughts like, If I hadn't let...
article OP/ED: Nearly 400 years later, it's time to recognize tribal sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- Visiting my grandparents on the Tohono O’odham Nation keeps me rooted in my peoples’ history. As I drive through the beautiful Sonoran...
article Tribune editorial: Lone Bear case shows action long overdue
(North Dakota) -- Violent crimes in Indian Country, especially against women, have put a focus on the difficulty of solving crimes on reservations -- an issue that has...
article "We just want her to be alive": Family desperate for answers after Yakama woman disappears
(Washington) -- Rachel Norris is many things: a mother, a friend, a niece, a coworker, a Yakama woman. Her loved ones describe her as outspoken, bold and independent,...
article Brutal murder of Seattle woman on Thanksgiving Day remains unsolved
(Washington) -- It’s a situation no one wants to be in: homeless and alone, sleeping on the cold streets. That’s the place Davina Garrison was in when she...
article Family, friends of Yakama woman missing from Wapato plead for information
(Washington) -- Family and friends of Rachel Norris agree she is an independent woman. They say she doesn't appreciate drama. She speaks her mind. She can handle...
press release Indian Affairs Committee moves two Tester bills to combat MMIW crisis to senate floor
(Washington D.C.) -- In his ongoing effort to fight the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), U.S. Senator Jon Tester today successfully pushed his...

11/27/2019

article Thousands of Native women victimized in Plains, report shows
(USA) -- A newly released report has found that hundreds of indigenous women have gone missing or murdered in the U.S. Northern Plains region, including Montana, since...
article Crow Chairman Not Afraid among tribal leaders to visit Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- Crow Chairman Alvin "A.J." Not Afraid Jr. was among several Native American tribal leaders who traveled to Washington D.C. this week to...
article Local tribe skeptical of Trump’s executive order on missing and murdered indigenous people
(California) -- President Donald Trump signed an executive order establishing a task force on missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives on Tuesday, but...
article Operation Lady Justice features artwork by D.G. Smalling of Choctaw Nation
(Washington D.C.) -- Operation Lady Justice, a government-wide initiative aimed at addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans, is named after artwork...
article Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony
(Washington D.C.) -- Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic, more so given the impeachment inquiry against him. But tribal leaders who met with him...
article Trump Created A Task Force To End Violence Against Indigenous Women — Here's Why It Will Probably Be Useless
(Washington D.C.) -- This week, Donald Trump signed an executive order creating a task force to combat the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. However,...
article Meet the woman who made 150 ribbon skirts for family of missing, murdered Indigenous women and girls
(Saskatchewan) -- Many women who attended the Mamawe! Mekowishwewin-miyomachowin gathering earlier this month walked away with a handcrafted ribbon skirt. In fact, 150...
article AZ to get federal coordinator for MMIWG cases following executive order
(Arizona) -- Arizona will be one of the first of 11 states to receive a new federal coordinator with the U.S. Attorney’s Office that will help with cases of...
article Mother trying to raise awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico mother is creating a series of photos to raise awareness for a problem she too, has been personally affected by: missing and murdered...

11/26/2019

article Trump Actually Did Something To Help Native Americans. What?
(Washington D.C.) -- Even a blind squirrel eventually finds a nut, right? President Donald Trump, who routinely insults Native Americans and ignores tribes’...
article Trump creates task force on murdered and missing Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday established a task force to develop a strategy across agencies for dealing with the high rate of missing and...
article Trump order creates task force on missing and murdered Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday creating a Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.
article Trump to sign executive order creating task force on missing and murdered Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump will sign an executive order establishing a task force to address the rash of violence against missing and murdered American Indians...
article Barr Announces Plan to Address Crisis of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorney General William Barr announced a nationwide plan to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native American women on Friday, during a...
article Sen. Tester criticizes FBI for failing to protect Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) has forwarded correspondence to the FBI critical of the agency’s efforts to keep Indian Country safe and aid local...
article Arizona to get coordinator in nationwide plan for missing and murdered indigenous people
(Arizona) -- President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to develop a task force to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous people,...
article Minnesota Part of New Effort Aimed at Missing Native Americans
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota has one of the highest number of missing and murdered Native Americans in the country and a new effort has been announced that supporters hope...

11/25/2019

article B.C. MMIWG coalition ask to meet with police on how they're handling inquiry follow-ups
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. MMIWG coalition has asked to meet with B.C. RCMP and the Vancouver Police Department to talk about how the forces are responding to...
article DOJ Plans to Tackle ‘Unacceptable’ Levels of Violence Against Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorney General William Barr plans to increase the federal role in reducing the number of Native Americans who are murdered or reported missing...
article Jurisdictional questions a challenge in cases of missing and murdered indigenous women
(Wisconsin) -- On a chilly October night in Northeast Wisconsin, the leaves of trees are dying but look full of life. Vibrant reds, oranges and yellows fill the woods on...
article Parsons on the DOJ plan to hire coordinators for missing and murdered indigenous people cases
(South Dakota) -- The Department of Justice plans to invest $1.5 million to hire missing and murdered indigenous people (MMIPs) coordinators in 11 states as part of an...

11/24/2019

article National plan to address missing, murdered indigenous people
(Wisconsin) -- The nation's Attorney General William Barr is rolling out new measures to address cases of missing and murdered indigenous people. This as the FBOI...
article Hope for Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives
(Arizona) -- Isabelle Webster, from Cameron, Arizona, voice was full of pain as she spoke about her granddaughter, Amanda Webster, who had been murdered Dec. 1, 2018 in...
article Why the 'tough on crime' approach won't work to end violence in Winnipeg
(Winnipeg) -- People who sell drugs, people who use drugs and people who participate in gang activity have been blamed for the increase in violence in Winnipeg in 2019....
press release Barrasso Applauds New Plan to Address Crisis of Missing and Murdered Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement after Attorney General William Barr unveiled a new plan addressing the...

11/23/2019

press release Attorney General William P. Barr Launches National Strategy to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons
(Montana) -- Attorney General William P. Barr today launched a national strategy to address missing and murdered Native Americans. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous...

11/22/2019

article AG Barr unveils plan on missing, murdered Native Americans
(Montana) -- U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced a new federal strategy to address missing and murdered Indigenous people Friday during a visit to the Flathead...
article Attorney general unveils plan on missing Native Americans
(Montana) -- Attorney General William Barr announced a nationwide plan Friday to address the crisis of missing and slain Native American women as concerns mount over the...

11/21/2019

article Attorney General Barr to Unveil Plan on Missing and Murdered Native Americans
(Montana) -- Attorney General William Barr will announce a nationwide plan on Friday to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous people as concerns mount...
article Senators’ Legislation to Address Crisis of Missing, Murdered and Trafficked Native Women Advances in Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- Legislation addressing the crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked Native women, passed out of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee with strong,...
article Affidavit: Woman found in submerged truck was seat-belted into passenger's seat
(North Dakota) -- She texted she was at a bonfire and was then going mudding, but there's no evidence of either taking place. An American Indian woman whose body was...
article New Town community reacts to FBI’s latest details on Olivia Lone Bear
(North Dakota) -- New details have been released from the FBI about the death of Olivia Lone Bear from New Town. Lone Bear was reported missing in October of 2017. Her...
article 'Her life isn't forgotten': Tama Bennett's mother remembers her free, artistic spirit
(North Canada) -- Jenny Bennett is still in shock, five days after finding out her daughter was found dead in a tent in the woods 400 kilometres from home.

11/20/2019

article Affidavit: Woman was strapped into seat of submerged truck
(North Dakota) -- An American Indian woman whose body was found in a submerged truck in a North Dakota lake was strapped into the passenger side with a seatbelt around...
article New details emerge in Olivia Lone Bear case as federal authorities visit Fort Berthold Reservation
(North Dakota) -- Federal authorities are still trying to determine how Olivia Lone Bear died, more than a year after her body was found in a submerged truck on the Fort...
press release U.S. Attorney and FBI Leadership Brief Family of Olivia Lone Bear on Death Investigation
(North Dakota) -- United States Attorney Drew H. Wrigley and FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Perry traveled to New Town, ND, today and met with family...

11/19/2019

article Vigil honours Tama Bennett, as more people voice concerns about handling of her death
(Canada) -- A sombre gathering of about 75 people took place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Tuesday night, as more people called for a deeper look into the death of Tama...

11/17/2019

article Native American tribes seeing many cases of murdered, missing indigenous women
(Washington) -- They are mothers, sisters and daughters who go missing or are murdered, and for years, families and tribe members don't get answers on what happened...

11/13/2019

article Champion of murdered, missing indigenous women task force comes home to St. Cloud
(Minnesota) -- St. Cloud State University student BearPaw Shields is ecstatic that Minnesota is launching a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women. "It...
article Missing people listed in Montana drop 17%
(Montana) -- Two months into the job, the state's new missing persons specialist said that she's been able to shrink the number of people in Montana's...

11/11/2019

article The Minnesota State Capitol Moves on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Minnesota) -- In July of 2005, JoJo Boswell went missing. Her sister, Dolly, immediately reported her missing, but was told to wait another 48 hours. Imagine law...

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...

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