Missing Women…..Never Searched For….
Missing and Murdered Women No One is Looking For…
For those of you that follow us on Instagram, this bit of shocking information was broached after the Christmas holiday. Are any of you aware of the problem “Wind River” shines a light on? I don’t normally blog about these types of issues, but I was NOT aware of the existence or enormity of the Native American Woman issue…….I’m curious as to why it’s not more publicized. More importantly, why it’s STILL happening!
Without spoiling the movie for you, Taylor Sheridan produced her first movie called Wind River. It’s a riveting mystery set in Wyoming about a Fish & Game employee who finds a young girl in the snow.
Because the largesse of our Native American Indians live on Federal land in “Reservations”, getting legal / investigative work done is beyond tedious. And, due to the huge addiction problem on reservations, it is often thought that the women who are abused or missing may have brought the problem upon themselves. I found these articles impossible to put down.
Below is an article outlining just one case:
Although Trudi Lee was only 7 when her big sister went missing back in 1971, she wept when she talked about that traumatic event 45 years later. “Sometimes I would catch our mom crying alone,” Lee said. “She would never tell me why, but I knew it was over Janice.”
Janice was 15 when she went missing near the Yakama reservation in Washington. Although her parents reported her missing to tribal law enforcement, there was never any news of the lively, pretty girl. “Mom died in 2001 without ever knowing what happened,” Lee said. “We still think of Janice and would at least like to put her to rest in the family burial plot.”
“It happens all the time in Indian country,” said Carmen O’Leary, coordinator of the Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains in South Dakota, a coalition of Native programs that provide services to women who experience violence. “When Native women go missing, they are very likely to be dead.”
Indeed, on some reservations, Native women are murdered at more than 10 times the national average, according to U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, who presented that gruesome statistic while addressing the Committee on Indian Affairs on Violence Against Women in 2011.
I’ve also added an article about Senator Heidi Heitkamp who introduced Savanna’s Act in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind who was murdered on a reservation – she was just 22 years old and eight months pregnant……
What, if anything, do YOU know about this issue?