A report released by the Urban Indian Health Institute in 2018 shows that over 500 cases of missing or murdered indigenous women have been found throughout the United States – many since the year 2000. 70 women had gone missing or were murdered in Seattle and Tacoma. 6 were reported in Portland. How are indigenous families impacted by this and how are our communities coming together to help? (more…)
Misty Upham was a successful indigenous actress from the Blackfeet Nation, winning roles alongside stars like Benicio Del Torro in the Cannes Film Festival acclaimed Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, and Ewan MacGregor in August: Osage county. Misty Upham also went missing on October 5th 2014. Her body was found in Auburn, Washington by her friends and family eleven days later.
Kristen Millares Young is a freelance journalist for the Washington Post and the current prose writer in residence at Hugo House. Millares Young wrote an investigative article for the Guardian about Misty Upham’s case in 2015. SHe shared what she came away with in an interview with Jim Cantu for KVRU LPFM Radio.
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Special thanks to Jesse Callahan for help with editing this story
Roxanne White, of the Yakama, Nez Perce, Nooksack and Gros Ventre tribes, is an activist who advocates for the families of missing and murdered women (MMIW). KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with White about the MMIW movement at an indigenous prayer skirt sewing circle organized as a community building event in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.