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.
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.
THE HERALD'S VIEW
Thursday, July 30, 2020
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
Like anybody else, Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice has his likes and dislikes.
Friday, March 13, 2020
For women and girls on the Yakama reservation, the threat of terror and violence has been a harsh reality for too many generations.
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
The state Legislature is a deliberative body, as it should be. When it comes to lawmaking, rash decisions are frowned upon and all due diligence is needed to prudently vet each bill up for consideration.
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
What is so searing, so emotionally wrought, for the families of murdered or missing Native American women is the not knowing.