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Raising awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women in the US

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss missing and murdered Indigenous women and the fight to raise awareness about this crisis. Why do these women and girls get so little recognition in the US?

Native women in the US are murdered at more than ten times the national average. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for Indigenous women ages 10 to 24. Unlike Canada, where Indigenous advocates have pressured the government to confirm the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women, the US has done little to address the issue, according to Indian Country Today. How are advocates fighting to be heard?


Joanelle Romero, founder and director of the Red Nation Celebration Institute, the longest standing American Indian & Indigenous multidisciplinary educational arts & culture nonprofit in Los Angeles

Amanda Takes War Bonnet, public education specialist at the Native Women's Society of the Great Plains, a coalition of Native programs offering services to women who experience violence

Web Resources:

Teen Vogue: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Need Your Support

Esquire: The Delay

Upworthy: Native women are going missing at epic rates. A 19-year-old wants you to know why.

Indian Country Today/Rewire: Missing and Murdered: No One Knows How Many Native Women Have Disappeared

Salon: The missing women you don’t hear about: How the media fails Indigenous communities

Crosscut: A new law addresses epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Database

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.