Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Montana’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for a third time  in Billings Friday, Sept. 27.

Charyl Eagle came to the meeting to make sure task force members address how meth and human trafficking might affect Montana’s high rate of missing indigenous people.

Members of Montana's Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for their second meeting in Great Falls August 10.
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Montana’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for the second time in Great Falls, Montana this weekend. The task force focused on the management of databases to find people and overlaps and gaps in jurisdictions for who is spearheading the search.

Missing Woman Jermain Austin Charlo
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Jermain Austin Charlo has been missing for exactly a year as of Sunday. But her family hopes that answers are on the way. That's because the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recently increased their reward for information on her disapearance.


Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester spoke on the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday urging his colleagues to pass a handful of federal bills aimed at addressing what’s been called a crisis of missing and murdered Native American women and girls.

Zonta Club of Billings #HearMeTooMontana logo
Zonta Club of Billings

Domestic violence, legal rights of victims, homeless youth and missing and murdered indigenous women are real problems in our community. A group in Billings thinks a way to raise awareness and develop solutions is to talk openly about them.

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Roughly 70 people gathered in Lame Deer Wednesday on what would’ve been Henny Scott’s fifteenth birthday.

Scott’s body was found late last month near her community on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana. She is one of many indigenous women and girls who have gone missing across North America in recent years.

Kayla Desroches

Just two weeks after a U.S. Senate hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women, the body of 14-year-old Henny Scott was found on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana.

She was one of countless indigenous women and girls who have gone missing in cities and rural communities across the United States and Canada. Many have not been found.

Henny Scott's body was found late last month, about three weeks after her mother last spoke with her.

On Saturday, her family held a funeral on the reservation.

At least 500 indigenous women have either been murdered or have disappeared from 71 U.S. cities, according to a first-of-its-kind report from a Native American health group.

Paula María Bertol, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the OAS
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On Friday, an intergovernmental organization hosted a hearing in Boulder, Colorado on the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the U.S. That group faces some of the highest violence and sexual assault rates in the nation.

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Yet another Indigenous woman has gone missing in the Mountain West.

Jermaine Charlo disappeared near a grocery store in Missoula, Montana last month. The 23-year-old is the 13th native woman to go missing in the state since January.

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