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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. 
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.