The report identified 50 documented cases of missing Native men, representing nearly 5 percent of the total. The county breakdown was not provided. Native Americans represent 1.9 percent of the state population so the known data indicates that Native women and Native men are over-represented in the number of missing cases. The problem isn't just in Washington. According to a landmark report from the Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of Seattle Indian Health Board, only 116 cases of missing Native women were entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS) even though there were more than 5,700 cases reported. To help address the situation, members of the Native community will gather at the office of the Seattle Indian Health Board on Thursday to enter the names of their loved ones into NamUS. The event, with Abigail Echo-Hawk, a citizen of the Pawnee Nation who serves as the director of the Urban Indian Health Institute, takes place from 5:30-7pm at 611 12th Avenue South in Seattle.
The Washington State Patrol Missing & Murdered Native American Women Report was released June 1, 2019.
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