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Report cites weak reporting on missing Native women

The report found 500 missing persons and homicide cases involving Native American women in 71 cities.

Posted: Nov 14, 2018 12:44 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2018 2:38 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A study released by a Native American nonprofit says numerous police departments in cities nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women.

In a report released Wednesday, the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute says researchers found some 500 missing persons and homicide cases involving Native American women in 71 cities. The cases were identified through limited police data that researchers obtained through public records requests and media reports.

Researchers say they expect their figure represents an undercount because some police departments in cities with substantial Native American populations, including Albuquerque, did not respond to their requests for figures, and because Native American women are often identified as belonging to another race.

The report recommends measures for better data collection training and requirements.

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