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Indigenous Utahns

Utah ranked in the top 10 states for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls cases
SALT LAKE CITY — In a national study, Utah and Salt Lake City both ranked in the top 10 of states and cities for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls cases.

Nearly 6,000 indigenous women have gone missing since 2016, but the Department of Justice missing persons database only shows 116 such cases. On top of that, Indigenous women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than all other ethnicities, according to the National Institute of Justice.

Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, and a bipartisan task force hope to combat this issue in Utah.

"Native women and girls go missing all the time and they don't get the same attention," Romero said.

Jan 28, 2022

Morgan Wolfe

KSL