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Photo of dancers performing the "Buffalo Dance" at Bears Ears.
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BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT — Dressed in elaborate headpieces made to resemble bison heads, two Pueblo men circled and lunged at each other, their white moccasins kicking up red dirt from the ground. 

As the sun climbed high in the sky, they performed a traditional dance honoring the bison. The ceremony, which is usually held in winter, was the last in an hour-long ceremonial dance to celebrate the Pueblo people’s homecoming to a landscape where their forebears once dwelled. 

Photo of Theda New Breast with missing persons sign.
Nate Hegyi / KUER

Landmark legislation that would address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate on Monday.

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Office of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, may try to re-introduce landmark legislation that would address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women in the U.S.

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U.S. Senate Committee On Indian Affairs

Lawmakers grilled federal law enforcement agencies over their lack of rigorous investigations into missing and murdered indigenous women at a landmark Senate hearing Wednesday.

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Brett Neilson via Wikimedia Commons

The Salt Lake City Police Department has criticized a landmark report released last month that found that more than 500 indigenous women have either gone missing or were murdered in 71 U.S. cities.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Utah is among the top 10 states with the most cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and children, according to a recent report by a Native American health group.

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Courtesy the office of Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT

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.

Nate Hegyi / KUER

The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee will discuss on Wednesday landmark legislation that aims to address the crisis of missing and murdered women in Indian Country.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

On a recent Sunday evening around dusk, Willie Grayeyes stood on a sagebrush and juniper-studded mesa, scanning the southeast Utah landscape. It was a place the Navajo Democrat’s family had lived for generations and where he’s hoping to be part of a political first.

When Idaho's Democratic candidate for governor Paulette Jordan took to the microphone at a recent campaign party, she immediately launched into a story.

 

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.

iPhone with the Indian Country Today app open.
Chelsea Naughton / KUER

As The Salt Lake Tribune and other regional papers have cut staff, a news outlet for indigenous Americans has been resurrected with a former local journalist at the helm.

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.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

A coalition of tribal groups and House Democrats are calling on the state to give Native Americans a better seat at the table when making policy decisions.

Whittney Evans/KUER

Disputes over Native American territory are an ongoing struggle in Utah. The city of Myton, in Duchesne County, is ground zero in such a dispute.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

Environmental groups and Native American tribes wasted no time in filing lawsuits to stop the Trump administration's vast cuts to two Utah national monuments. 

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Native American activists and their supporters will gather outside Wellsville City Hall on Wednesday to rally against the city’s controversial Founder’s Day “Sham Battle” between Mormon settlers and a Native American tribe. 

Courtesy / Utah League of Native American Voters

To get a decent cell signal at the protest camp outside the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Carol Surveyor had to brave a blizzard Monday.