Silent Epidemic: Reflections One Year Later

Ron Gurley | April 30, 2018

One year ago, April 2017, I wrote a blog on this website titled Silent Epidemic.  I used the word Silent to denote there is currently no way for law enforcement to specify and catalog the numbers of missing and/or murdered Native American women. I used the word Epidemic to denote this is a clear and […]

Navajo AMBER Alert System is Now Operating

Brian Thurber | April 29, 2018

The Navajo Nation can now issue its own AMBER Alerts when a child is abducted on tribal lands. The AMBER Alert system is in effect for the 11 counties that cover the reservation in Arizona and Utah. According to Harlan Cleveland, Emergency Coordinator and Acting Director for the Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management, the […]

‘Savanna’s Law’ Proposed as a Way to Find Missing Women and Children in Indian Country

Brian Thurber | April 28, 2018

U.S. senators from New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota are sponsoring the ‘Savannah’s Law’ bill requiring the federal government to take a more active role in addressing and combating the needlessly high rates of violence experienced by Native America women. The bill is named after 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a member of the Spirit Lake […]

Mother of Ashlynne Mike Attends President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Brian Thurber | April 1, 2018

Pamela Foster, the mother of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, who was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation reservation in May 2016, attended President Trump’s first State of the Union address on January 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. She was joined by Arizona lawmakers and law enforcement officials who successfully championed the AMBER Alert in Indian […]