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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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Women in bright dresses with pieces of metal sewn on dance in front of a courthouse
Sonja Hutson / KUER

PROVO — Growing up as a young Navajo girl here, Erin Tapahe would get upset that every time she left the house, her parents fell into the same routine.

A table displays many posters of missing Navajo people.
Courtesy Navajo Nation Missing Persons Updates

Salt Lake resident Cassandra Begay says her family left the Navajo Nation to escape violence on the reservation. But she wasn’t able to leave the issue behind. 

Photo of Monument Valley in Utah.
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GALLUP, N.M. —  When Tyrannus White, 41, went missing here in March, his parents ran into a dizzying maze as they sought help from law enforcement to find their son. 


A raw turkey sits on a counter next to a sink.

Wednesday evening, November 27, 2019

Photo of audience.
Courtesy Jolene Holgate/Missing and Murdered Dine Relatives Co-coordinator

Navajo Nation officials are working to increase efforts to track the number of tribal members who are missing and murdered, as federal legislation to mandate data collection lags in Congress.