There are not a lot statistics about missing Native Americans. When a loved one, a friend or a neighbor disappears, it throws communities into a world of anxiety and grief. To acknowledge the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls on May 5, we explore what happens in the family, in the tribal community and in the police station when someone goes missing.
Carla Cheyenne (Oglala Lakota) – the aunt of Emily Blue Bird (paternal)
Karen Red Star (Oglala Sioux) – Oglala Sioux Tribe health education programs director
Caroline LaPorte (immediate descendent of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) – DC senior native affairs policy advisor for National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the StrongHearts Native Helpline
Jacqueline Agtuca (Cherokee descendent) – editor of the “Restoration” magazine and public policy and law consultant with the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
Break music: Break Music: Rolling Stone (song) Burning Sky (artist) A Simple Man (album)