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A new analysis finds more than 500 cases of missing or murdered women and girls in the United States since 1943. The authors of the study from the Urban Indian Health Institute say that is likely far lower than the real number. They point to poor record-keeping, bad information- sharing between local and tribal law enforcement agencies, and institutional racism as the main barriers to getting the full picture. Any legislation at the federal level to help remedy the situation remains stalled. We’ll hear recommendations from the researchers and get updates from women’s advocates about this ongoing issue.
Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne descendant) — Ph.D. student at the University of Lethbridge and co-author of the study, “A Nationwide Data Crisis: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls”
Esther Lucero (Diné and Latina) — chief executive officer of the Seattle Indian Health Board
Kyle Nayback (Sault Ste. Marie of Chippewa Indians) — supervisory assistant U.S. attorney in the Indian Country crimes section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Break 1 Music: Mahk Jchi (song) Ulali (artist) Heartbeat: Voices of First Nations Women (album)
Break 2 Music: Itchick (Tim Yellowtail’s Song) (song) Supaman (artist) Illuminatives (album)