‘No More Stolen Sisters’: Jurisdictional Barriers to Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Since colonization, the strength and resilience of the American Indigenous people have been tested relentlessly. One contemporary existential threat to Indigenous communities is the dangerous rising trend of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, murder is the third leading cause among American Indigenous women. Furthermore, the murder rate of these Indigenous women is ten times the average national murder rate. The disproportionate rate at which Indigenous women are subject to homicidal violence can be devastating for communities that are already battling for sovereignty and survival against continued marginalization from non-Indigenous American cultural hegemony and the federal government.