As we've covered this issue, the Yakima Herald-Republic's editorial board has weighed in several times with opinions about what has been revealed or what should be done.


Thursday, July 30, 2020

The invisible scourge of countless missing and murdered Indigenous women and children across the United States is finally growing more visible in the Yakima Valley and elsewhere. There is momentum at the local, regional and national levels to bring cases to justice, give help and comfort to the families of victims, and coordinate law enforcement strategies in the process.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

There have been dozens of verified violent and mysterious deaths and missing persons in recent years on or connected to the Yakama reservation, especially among Native American women and girls. It easily elevates to the level of crisis. The Yakamas are not alone; no tribe or stretch of tribal land is immune to this miasma.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Friday, March 13, 2020
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

People make field trips to Washington, D.C., all the time, especially in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming. Not only is the journey steeped in history, but it’s important to see where our elected representatives do their jobs — or not do them, depending on one’s viewpoint.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Usually, in those bill-signing photo-ops with pen-wielding Gov. Jay Inslee, everyone gathered behind him is smiling — advocates who pushed for legislation, lawmakers who guided it through the process — perhaps out of a mingling of pride and relief.

Friday, February 01, 2019
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Law enforcement agencies nationwide were rightly criticized last week for a decades-long practice of not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. A report issued by the Urban Indian Health Institute found 506 cases in 71 cities over the past eight years, though the Seattle-based nonprofit estimated the actual number may be much higher.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Have you been touched by this issue? Is one of your friends or family members among the vanished? Do you think law enforcement has done enough to solve these cases? Share your thoughts here.

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