The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana expressed frustration Wednesday over law enforcement's initial response to her loved one's disappearance, telling U.S. senators that numerous Native American families are troubled by inadequate investigations into their missing persons cases.
A selection of missing posters from September of 2018, provided by various law enforcement agencies.
The Yakama Nation, Yakima County and Washington State are not unique in the amount of violence directed at Native American women.
Native american women across the contient see similar levels of violence, and in many locations experience similar frustrations with getting anyone from law enforcement to do anything. A majority of Native Americans no longer live on reservations, but native women are still more likely to be a victim of violence than other races no matter where they live.
Some lawmakers are pushing to eliminate the structural issues that hinder policing in Native American communities. Activists are working to give a voice to those who've vanished. All that offers some promise for the future. But today, in big cities and isolated reservations, families are searching and waiting for word of their mothers, daughters, sisters and wives.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American nonprofit Wednesday.