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Jurisdiction

Poster: Jurisdiction and Crime Victims’ Rights

This 20 x 24” informational poster provides an overview of how jurisdiction works in Indian country and the legal rights of crime victims. It includes specific information related to tribal, state, federal and shared jurisdiction, as well as charts covering criminal jurisdiction inside and outside of PL 280 states.

This poster is part of our MMIW Toolkit for Understanding and Responding to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women for Families and Communities.

Pocket Guide: When a Loved One Goes Missing - Understanding and Responding to the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

This comprehensive 3.5 x 5.5” pocket guide is designed to be broadly used by families and advocacy organizations to respond when a Native woman goes missing. It provides:

- Immediate steps to take in the first 72 hours

- Background information on missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW)

- What legal rights exist and where they come from

- Who has authority to investigate the missing person’s case

- Who has jurisdiction to prosecute a murder, abduction, or related MMIW crime

Workbook: Missing Indigenous Sisters Tools Initiative (MISTI)

"This workbook is geared towards families of missing Native relatives. Family searches are the most invested in finding a lost loved one. They are also a powerful expression of sovereignty. Sometimes, police and other agencies need to be held accountable for inaction or apathy. With families empowered with information, the search for the missing relative cannot be derailed by apathy or inaction, in fact quite the opposite, as visibility and accountability won’t permit it. This workbook was not created in partnership with any funder or funding source.

Webinar: Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls - National Day of Action, May 5, 2020

During the period of 1979 through 1992, homicide was the third-leading cause of death of Indian females aged 15 to 34, and 75 percent were killed by family members or acquaintances. In 2005, the movement for safety of Native women resulted in the inclusion of the “Safety for Indian Women” title within the Violence Against Women Act. A study released by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that in some tribal communities, American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.

Special Collection: Cultural Competency/Humility & Ally-Building in Indian Country

 

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