Rosenda Strong is seen in a photo on social media. The 31-year-old woman went missing on the Yakama Nation on October 2, 2018.

Native woman missing after going to casino nearly two months ago

Rosenda Strong, a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, has been missing for nearly two months in Washington state.

Strong, a 31-year-old mother of four, went to the Legends Casino on the Yakama Nation on October 2. She hasn't been seen by family since.

“Bring her home! That’s all anybody ever wants,” Roxanne White, an advocate for missing and murdered Native women and girls, said at a prayer walk and vigil for Strong on the reservation on Saturday, The Yakima Herald-Republic reported.

A new law in Washington requires the state to identify Native women who have gone missing. A report is due June 1, 2019, in hopes of addressing what advocates have called an epidemic.

“We as Indian people, as Native people, are not going to be silent," White said at the rally, The Herald-Republic reported. "Our loved ones matter.”

Tribal and federal authorities are investigating Strong's disappearance, the paper reported.

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