New Washington Law Aims To Help Solve Cases Of Missing And Murdered Native Women
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Thursday a bill aimed at shedding light on the cases of missing or murdered Native American women. At the bill signing ceremony, Native women in traditional regalia performed a women’s honor song.
Roxanne White from the Yakama Nation said it’s to remember the murdered and missing women indigenous women from across the U.S., Canada and Alaska.
“Our cases are often never solved, never investigated,” she said. “We are not invisible. We are here and we have a lot of families on the Yakama Reservation that are still looking for answers.”
Supporters of the new law say Native American women are victims of homicide at rates many times the national average. And they have high rates of disappearances. But the exact numbers aren’t known because there is no comprehensive reporting system.
The new law is a modest first step. It directs the Washington State Patrol to work with tribes, local law enforcement and the Department of Justice. The goal is to understand how to increase resources for reporting and identifying missing Native American women. The legislation directs the State Patrol to report back to the Legislature with its findings by June 1, 2019.
Austin Jenkins contributed to this report.
Yakima women of color received 19 scholarships to support them in continuing their legal education. Photo: Pataathla Sutterlict Listen (Runtime 1:39) Read More women of color want to become lawyers… Continue Reading Yakima Groups Help More Women Of Color Become Lawyers
Building a canoe is about learning and community-building for everyone involved. That’s what one Nez Perce man said before launching a canoe that was handmade with the help of fourth graders into the water on Tuesday. Continue Reading Carving Out Lessons From A Canoe
To ‘Honor The Shoulders We Stand On:’ Big Band Premieres With Nod To History Of Native Jazz Musicians
A scheme to entertain a 4-year-old youngster in Spokane by playing a jazz album nearly three decades ago produced a cascade of aftereffects that culminated on stage in Olympia, Washington, this month with crescendos of horns and multiple standing ovations. During the debut of a 16-piece, all-Indigenous big band, the performers on stage hearkened even further back in history to celebrate the little-known, but long line of Native jazz musicians and big bands. Continue Reading To ‘Honor The Shoulders We Stand On:’ Big Band Premieres With Nod To History Of Native Jazz Musicians