What is MMIW?

MMIW stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (and Girls).

The failure by the government to protect Indigenous peoples is boldly displayed in the number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls best described as a national epidemic. In Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police report roughly 4,000 cases however in the United States, the official number is unknown.


 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of Seattle Indian Health Board 


What is known, is that Indigenous women living on reservations/tribal lands are murdered at rates 10 times the national US average.

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice found that this demographic of women go missing at twice the rate of white Americans, but we are not seeing these numbers reported in the media. This is alarming.

Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne), PhD-c and Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), MA Chief Research Officer, Seattle Indian Health Board Director, Urban Indian Health Institute info@uihi.org
206-812-3030. Partial funding for this report was provided by the Indian Health Service Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, grant #HHS-2016-IHS-EPI-0001. The report contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Indian Health Service.

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