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Indigenous leaders gather in Arizona to discuss violence against Native women

On Thursday, Indigenous men and women across Arizona gathered in solidarity for the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Peoples rally to march in a plea to receive more support to fight against violence on their sovereign lands.... Read more»

Ending 'life of violence': Raising awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and events are being held at the local, state and national level to allow people to reflect on the movement and discuss the work that still needs to be done.... Read more»

Arizona ranks high on states with offensive place names eyed for change

With 67 locations that have the word “squaw” in their name, Arizona could be a primary target when federal officials meet with tribes to talk about possible new names for places that currently contain a slur against Native American women. ... Read more»

Tribal officials, advocates hail renewal of Violence Against Women Act

Tribal leaders and others across the country are applauding the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which includes the extension of tribal jurisdiction over non-Native perpetrators of sexual violence, sex trafficking, stalking, child violence, and obstruction of justice.... Read more»

'Crisis hiding in plain sight': Missing & murdered women of color

Parents at a Thursday congressional hearing about missing and murdered women of color detailed their frustrating attempts to get the attention of law enforcement and adequate media coverage, describing the struggle to highlight the depth of the issue without accurate or reliable data.... Read more»

Court: Navajo man guilty of assault can’t be convicted of kidnapping, too

A federal appeals court ruled that a Navajo man who held his girlfriend while he assaulted her cannot also be convicted of kidnapping, saying such an expansion of kidnapping would lead to a “steroidal version” of assault laws. ... Read more»

Senate panel advances study committee on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples

Senate Bill 1215, which would establish a study committee for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) in Arizona.... Read more»

Funding available for Arizona tribal governments to support public safety

Arizona tribal governments can go after funding - available through the U.S. Department of Justice - to help their communities in the areas of crime prevention, victim services and coordinated community responses to violence against Indigenous women.... Read more»

Pascua Yaqui Tribe awarded grant to support domestic violence prosecution efforts

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women for more than $100,000 to prosecute non-Native offenders of domestic violence-related crimes committed within their community.... Read more»

New BIA website spotlights Missing and Murdered Indigenous people

The new Bureau of Indian Affairs website dedicated to solving missing and murdered cases in Indian Country provides attention to unresolved cases involving Indigenous people that the BIA, Office of Justice Services, and Missing and Murdered Unit is working on.... Read more»

Missing Arizona weaver’s work gives family and searchers some hope

Her loom and materials sit unused as renowned Native weaver Ella Mae Begay, last seen at her home on the Navajo Nation on June 15, is the subject of an FBI search, and the agency suspects foul play was involved in her disappearance.... Read more»

Analysis

Spotty data & media bias delay justice for missing & murdered Indigenous people

Though there are estimates, no one knows just how many Indigenous girls or women go missing each year, so how can Native communities convince the media to pay attention to missing Indigenous people - and how can they convince authorities to investigate these cases?... Read more»

'A matter of dignity': Biden signs executive order to address violence against Indigenous people

President Joe Biden signed an executive order at the White House Tribal Nations Summit directing federal agencies to create a strategy that will improve the public safety and justice for Native Americans, as well as address the crisis of missing or murdered Indigenous peoples.... Read more»

Arizonans hopeful that focus on missing Indigenous persons may pay off

Duane Garvais-Lawrence has spent months driving from reservation to reservation as part of his MMIW Bike Run USA, his second annual trip that Arizonans hope will continue to focus attention on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.... Read more»

Smithsonian exhibit adds prom dress calling attention to missing, murdered Indigenous women

The dress sits in the center of the fashion section of the "Girlhood" exhibit, highlighting the fact Native women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than other ethnicities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Read more»

Action on missing, murdered women legislation caps years of advocacy

Native American advocates and victim’s families have worked for years to draw attention to Indian Country’s epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.... Read more»