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US: Targeted on the Streets

‘What we do know is women and girls are disappearing without warning. What we do know is Native women face murder rates that are 10 times higher than the national average. What we do know is that families are left without answers. What we do know is there is a lot we do not know.’

Congresswoman Debra Haaland 

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You don’t forget the face of someone who you thought was going to kill you.’ In 2017, a 25-year-old Indigenous woman was picked up by a non-Indigenous man, choked to unconsciousness and sexually assaulted in Eagle River, Alaska. Due to its narrow definition under Alaska law, he was not charged with sexual assault and pled guilty to a single charge of second-degree assault. Following the trial he received a suspended sentence and walked free. There have been several more cases of Indigenous women being abducted and assaulted. Some, like Mysti Babineau and Edith Chavez, have managed to escape and survive while numerous others remain missing.

Between 2005-2009, three transgender Native people, Ryan Shey Hoskie, Fredrick Watson and Teri Benally, aged 23, 32, and 42, were found beaten to death in Albuquerque. The circumstances surrounding their deaths remain a mystery.


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