It’s being called an epidemic of violence. Native American Women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than the rest of the nation’s population. Some are killed. Some vanish. Some return to their reservations shell shocked, unable to talk about the abuse they endured after being sex trafficked. Four out of five criminal MMIW cases go unsolved.
Native Americans make up 26 percent of the missing in Montana but only 6.7 percent of the state’s population. Source: Centers for Disease Control
84 percent of native women experience physical, sexual or emotional violence in their lives. 34 percent experienced violence in the last year. Source: National Institute of Justice
Murder is the third-leading cause of death among Native American Women. Source: Department of Justice
Yellowstone Valley Woman magazine looked into this epidemic, turning the issue and looking at it from a variety of angles. These are our stories.