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How Crimes Against Native American Women Go Unreported


December 27, 2019

Activists say that generations of killings and disappearances of Native American women have been disregarded by law enforcement and lost in bureaucratic gaps concerning which local or federal agencies should investigate, the New York Times reports.

There is no reliable count of how many Native women go missing or are killed each year. Researchers say that women often are misclassified as Hispanic or Asian or other racial categories on missing-persons forms and that thousands have been left off a federal missing-persons database. A grass-roots movement led by activists and victims’ families is casting a national spotlight on the disproportionately high rates of violence faced by indigenous women and girls.


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