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Confronting The Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

Nate Hegyi
Loxie Loring walks with a group of marchers to remember her daughter, Ashley Loring, who went missing from the Blackfeet Reservation more than a year ago.

  Awareness has grown in recent years about the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This week, we’re talking about what we know about the problem, what we don’t know and what’s being done to address it.

According to some scholars, the MMIW crisis has its roots in the very first contact between Europeans and Native Americans. And yet the scope of this modern epidemic remains a mystery. A bill making its way through the Utah legislature aims to help fix that.


  • Graham Lee Brewer, contributing editor for tribal affairs at High Country News. Member of the Cherokee nation.
  • Karina Walters, Associate Dean for Research, Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar and director and principal investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington. Member of the Choctaw Nation.
  • Yolanda Francisco Nez,  executive director at Restoring Ancestral Winds, Inc. Member of the Navajo Nation. 
  • Moroni Benally, Restoring Ancestral Winds coordinator of Policy and Advocacy. Member of the Navajo Nation.