Updates on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Urban Indian Health Institute

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: A Snapshot of data from 71 Urban Cities in the United States is a report from Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), MA of Urban Indian Health Institute and Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne), of the MMIW Database. This study sought to assess why obtaining data on this violence is so difcult, how law enforcement agencies are tracking and responding to these cases, and how media is reporting on them. The study’s intention is to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the MMIWG crisis in urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities and the institutional practices that allow them to disappear not once, but three times—in life, in the media, and in the data.

NIWRC’s Tribal Community Response When a Woman Is Missing: A Toolkit for Action

DOWNLOAD Tribal Community Response When a Woman Is Missing: A Toolkit for Action. Coping with the disappearance of a loved one or community member is very difficult. The fact that American Indian and Alaska Native women experience higher rates of domestic violence and sexual assault than any other population of women in the United States has broad ramifications. One consequence of this reality is that domestic and sexual violence occurs on a spectrum of abusive behavior and can include abduction and murder. If a woman you know is missing, taking immediate action is very important. The quicker you respond, the faster she may be located and provided the help needed.

White Bison Free Silent No More Documentary Screenings

The White Bison organization provides free copies of their one-hour documentary Silent No More along with downloadable information packet, discussion guide, marketing materials so you can set up a screening and discussion in your community. Silent No More presents an authentic look at missing and murdered Indigenous Women. Families from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Lame Deer, Montana share their stories of suffering in this film. By sharing their experiences, they hope to bring awareness to these issues and start a dialogue in order to create change.

Native America Calling’s Audio Interview on  MMIW

Native America Calling’s show “Justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women remains elusive.” (Nov. 29, 2018) A new analysis finds more than 500 cases of missing or murdered women and girls in the United States since 1943. The authors of the study from the Urban Indian Health Institute say that is likely far lower than the real number. They point to poor record-keeping, bad information- sharing between local and tribal law enforcement agencies, and institutional racism as the main barriers to getting the full picture. Any legislation at the federal level to help remedy the situation remains stalled. We’ll hear recommendations from the researchers and get updates from women’s advocates about this ongoing issue.

Nebraska Efforts on MMIW

“Two Nebraska state senators who have teamed on other Native issues and projects will introduce a bill in January to investigate missing Native women and cases of violence against them…”

Read more here.