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BBC "Native American Pageant Honours Missing and Murdered Women"
(Intro) "The Native American equivalent of Miss World will be dedicated this year to the deaths and disappearances of indigenous women, its organisers say." Includes imagery.
Harvard Kennedy School "They Disappear “Not Once, but Three Times: In Life, In the Media, and In the Data"
"The National Institute of Justice’s report was “the most thorough assessment on the extent of violence” against Indigenous people to date; it wasn’t until 2016 that there was clear data about the extreme levels of violence faced by these communities. And despite the lack of attention and data, it is also understood that there is a crisis of murder and disappearances; both congressional representatives and senators are pushing for legislation to address it. So now is the time for local governments and law enforcement to step up and do the data work for the Indigenous women who are missing and murdered. Below are several recommendations for chief data officers, city police, and other officials on how they can appropriately conduct data collection, address bias in their systems, and help honor the lives of Native women."
The Seattle Times "New Federal Missing & Murdered Unit Aims at Crisis of Violence Against Indigenous women"
(Intro) "Growing up in Canada, Agnes Woodward, who’s Plains Cree and originally from Kawacatoose First Nation, always knew that her family cared deeply about missing and murdered Indigenous women. In the 1990s, she watched as her aunt Mona and a few others began trying to draw attention to the lacking police response when Indigenous women went missing: They would hold up images of missing friends on street corners. In 1992, they organized the first march in Vancouver, B.C., in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW)."
U.S. The Department of Justice "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women"
"The Department of Justice’s annual Tribal Consultation on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women is held pursuant to Public Law 109-162, Title IX, Section 903 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005. This law requires the U.S. Attorney General to conduct an annual consultation with Indian tribal governments to address the federal administration of all tribal funds and programs established under the Violence Against Women Acts (VAWA) of 1994, 2000, and 2005. The statute further directs the Attorney General to solicit recommendations from the Indian tribes at an annual consultation concerning the following items: Administering tribal funds and programs; Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, homicide and stalking; Strengthening the federal response to such violent crimes; and Improving access to local, regional, state, and federal crime information databases and criminal justice information systems."
Mending the Sacred Hoop TA Project
"MSH-TA serves as a Technical Assistance and Training Provider for U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program Grantees. We work with tribes and Native communities, villages, reservations, rancherias and pueblos across the United States to improve the justice system, law enforcement, and service provider response to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Native communities."
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)
(About Us) "The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children. The NIWRC provides national leadership in ending gender-based violence in tribal communities by lifting up the collective voices of grassroots advocates and offering culturally grounded resources, technical assistance and training, and policy development to strengthen tribal sovereignty."
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) Toolkit
Toolkit house resourcess on cultural issues, national sources, statistics, topical issues and approaches, existing programs, and available material and resources to create awareness and promote important discussions about MMIWG.
Urban Indian Health Institute - "Missing and Murdered Women & Girls: A Snapshot of Data from 71 Urban Cties in the United States"
(Intro) "The National Crime Information Center reports that, in 2016, there were 5,712 reports of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls, though the US Department of Justice’s federal missing persons database, NamUs, only logged 116 cases.i,ii The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that murder is the third-leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women and that rates of violence on reservations can be up to ten times higher than the national average.iii, iv However, no research has been done on rates of such violence among American Indian and Alaska Native women living in urban areas despite the fact that approximately 71% of American Indian and Alaska Natives live in urban areas."
YouTube "MMIWG2S Final"
(Description) "In 2019, the Senate officially made May 5th as the National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirits. On this day we honor those we have lost and those we are still looking for. We honor the family and friends who are mourning their presence. We honor their life and pray for their journey."
YouTube "Voices Unheard"
(Description) "Marty Coulee is a Native American entrepreneur living the good life in New Your City. When her Native American business partner Jess, vanishes without a trace on a business trip to Arizona, Marty becomes a voice for the voices unheard."
The Atlantic "The Search for Murdered and Missing American Indian Women"
(Description) "“If you’re just out there somewhere on the land, dead, and nobody’s looking for you—that’s the worst thing in the world,” says Lissa Yellowbird-Chase in Vanished, a new documentary from The Atlantic. Yellowbird-Chase, a private citizen and volunteer investigator, has devoted her life to searching for missing American Indians.
American Indian women and girls are reported missing at a disproportionately high rate compared with most other demographics. Although there is no federal database that tracks their disappearances, Mary Kathryn Nagle, a tribal sovereignty attorney, told The Atlantic that legal structures help to “create a climate in the United States where Native women go murdered and missing.”
TEDTalks "Running for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women"
(Description) "Rosalie Fish is an 18-year-old member of the Cowlitz Tribe and a competitive runner from the Muckleshoot Reservation in Auburn, Washington. She graduated this year from the Muckleshoot Tribal School, where she represented her school in the Class 1B Washington State Track Meet, earned three gold medals, a silver and a sportsmanship award, and used that platform to raise awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW). Her passions include running, youth empowerment, indigenous visibility, upholding and practicing native traditions, as well as uplifting and advocating for native communities and native women. She is excited to share her work on MMIW with the TedXYouth @ Seattle community because, according to the Urban Indian Health Institute, Seattle leads the nation in MMIW cases. Recruited for her running ability and proven leadership Rosalie will attend Iowa Central Community College in the fall where she will continue her athletic career and her activism for MMIW."
NPR "7 States Step Up Efforts To Fight Violence Against Indigenous Women"
(Introduction) "How do you investigate a crime when the victim lives in two nations at once? It is an urgent question for women who are citizens of the United States and also citizens of Native nations because Native women are being murdered at shocking rates. Seven states have now set up special task forces to address this problem. Melodie Edwards of Wyoming Public Radio has a story that some listeners will find disturbing, and it begins with the story of a single crime."
NPR "Interior Department's New Unit To Investigate Missing And Murdered Native Americans"
(Intro) "Less than a month after taking office, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American cabinet secretary in U.S. history, announced the creation of a unit to investigate missing and murdered Native Americans. She made the announcement this past week, and the unit will be housed within the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The message - that the government needs to do more."
Speaking Our Truth, Podcast for Change by the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
"Safety and justice require action. As a movement, we can use our collective voices to engage and influence change for Native women."
Stolen the Podcast Series
(Description) "In 2018, a young Indigenous mother named Jermain Charlo left a bar in Missoula, Montana, and was never seen again. After two years and thousands of hours of investigative work, police believe they are close to solving the mystery of what happened to her. We go inside the investigation, tracking down leads and joining search parties through the dense mountains of the Flathead Reservation. As we unravel this mystery, the show examines what it means to be an Indigenous woman in America."
Taken the Podcast
"A true crime documentary podcast series focusing on solving the mysteries behind Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls by sharing their stories as told by their loved ones, and following the search for justice, and the clues that link these stories." Episodes available in Cree and English.