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Missing and Murdered Native Women

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.

Template: Missing Person Flyer

This customizable 8 x 11” missing person flyer template is an important tool for generating awareness when a Native woman is missing or suspected to be missing. Download and update this flyer template with relevant information and a recent photo of your missing loved one to clearly, effectively, and efficiently share information throughout the community. This flyer can be saved as a PDF for digital sharing with law enforcement and advocacy organizations.

Brochure: When a Loved One Goes Missing - A Quick Reference Guide for What to Do in the First 72 Hours

This 8 x 11” tri-fold brochure is designed as a quick reference guide for when a Native woman goes missing and the immediate steps to take in the first 72 hours. The first 72 hours of a missing person investigation are the most critical, and this brochure serves as a starting point for families, communities and advocacy organizations to organize an immediate response. Important steps include:

- Contact law enforcement

- Gather and track additional information

- Preserve important evidence

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.

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