Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Navajo Nation Police Department

The Navajo Nation Police Department is searching for a 30-year-old woman missing since Friday.

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The Utah Navajo Health System has been honored by the FBI for its victim advocacy program.

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez on Wednesday joined a group that’s walking across the Reservation in support of Ella Mae Begay, a 62-year-old woman who went missing from the Sweetwater community more than a month ago.

Navajo Police Department

The Navajo Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person. Ella Mae Begay, 62, was last seen over a month ago in the Sweetwater community.

She is described as a Native American female, 5’1” with brown eyes and brown hair. Her case was declared a homicide investigation on June 20th. Navajo police are partnering with the FBI on the case. Anyone with relevant information about Begay’s whereabouts or wellbeing is urged to contact the Shiprock District on the Navajo Nation, or call 911.

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From Washington to American Southwest Indigenous communities, top government officials, family members and advocates are gathering as part of a call to action to address the ongoing problem of violence against Indigenous women and children.


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President Joe Biden has declared today Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Native Americans have long experienced disproportionately high levels of violence along with roadblocks to solving many of the crimes.

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The U.S. Interior Department has formed a special unit to focus on missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. For decades many such cases have gone unsolved. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump signed two acts into law to investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in the United States. One of the laws — derived from Savanna's Act — will establish new guidelines for search operations of missing people. The act was named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22-year-old pregnant woman from Fargo, North Dakota who was murdered in 2017.

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Monday designed to combat high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous people. It now heads to President Trump’s desk. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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U.S. officials have opened an office in New Mexico dedicated to investigating cold cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous people.