Missing and murdered indigenous women
The charges come seven months after Mika Westwolf, 22, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking home in Montana.
Mika Westwolf was reportedly killed by a driver who some say was motivated by hate. But two months later, police have yet to file charges in her death.
The agency is partnering with the National Indian Gaming Commission to train workers to detect and report the crime, which heavily impacts Native women.
The recent disappearance of young mother Emmilee Risling has spotlighted an epidemic that has long disproportionately plagued Native Americans.
Young Indigenous mother Bessie Walker went missing, then was found dead in California. Her case got only a fraction of the attention that Gabby Petito’s did.
"Look to yourselves on why that’s not being done,” Joe Petito urged members of the media.
The interior secretary is forming a commission to study the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, weeks after launching a unit to investigate cases.
He signed an executive order creating a task force to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Congress may actually do something to stem the crisis of Native women and girls disappearing and being killed.
Justice Department and Bureau of Indian Affairs officials couldn't take a position on any of the Senate bills addressing this crisis.