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Resources on reported Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW - Specific Women and Girls. This list is regularly updated by Karla J. Strand.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW – Specific Women and Girls

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW – Specific Women and Girls page includes resources on MMIWG throughout the US and Canada. When a name or article is labeled as “NEW”, it doesn’t necessarily mean the case is new or the article has been published recently; it only means the information is new to this guide. I have added geographical location of each woman. I am also adding nation/band/tribal/community affiliation if I can find it. My intention is to be relatively sure of these affiliations before I add them but if I have something wrong, please send me the information so that I can make the correction.

This list is added to regularly. Contact me with suggestions.

Click here to go back to the #MMIW Resource Guide main page. 

NEW to this page – see below (updated 2 October 2019):

  • Darlene Billie
  • Jermain Austin Charlo (AKA Morigeau, nickname “Liz”)
  • Hanna Harris
  • Kaysera Stops Pretty Places
  • Added article about Ashley HeavyRunner Loring

NEW to this page – see below (updated 14 August 2019):

  • JoJo Boswell
  • Geographical info added to each name
  • Tribal/nation affiliation added when known
  • Amber Alyssa Tuccaro (Mikisew Cree First Nation – Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada) – Article and state added
  • Articles added about Victoria Jane “Vicki” Eagleman (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota) – also name and affiliation updated
  • Articles and affiliation/state added for Felina Blanch Metsker (Yakama Nation, Washington)
  • Full name and state added for Ashlynne Octavia Rebecca Mike (New Mexico)

Judith “Judy” Apache (Navajo – ’Áshiihi (Salt People Clan) and Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan) – New Mexico)

Dianne Mae Bignell (Thompson, Manitoba, Canada)

Darlene Billie (Choctaw – St. Ignatius, Montana)- NEW to this guide

Lorlene Bone (Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation – Swan River, Manitoba, Canada)

JoJo Boswell (Minnesota)

Arielisa Bryant (Arizona)

April Carpenter (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Jermain Austin Charlo aka Jermain Morigeau, uses nickname “Liz” (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes – Missoula, Montana) – NEW to this guide

Kaitlin Coffee (Oklahoma)

Renee Davis (Muckleshoot – Washington)

Victoria Jane “Vicki” Eagleman (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota)

Tina Michelle Fontaine (Sagkeeng First Nation  – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Angel Four Bear (Montana)

Cindy Gladue (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Hanna DeAnn Harris (Northern Cheyenne – Lame Deer, Montana) – NEW to this guide

Freda Knows Gun, sometimes seen as Knowshisgun (Crow – Montana)

Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind (North Dakota)

Olivia Keri Lone Bear (North Dakota)

Larissa Lone Hill (Lakota – South Dakota)

Ashley HeavyRunner Loring (Blackfeet – Montana)

Diane Lynn Medicine Horse (Crow – Montana)

Felina Blanch Metsker (Yakama Nation – Washington) 

Ashlynne Octavia Rebecca Mike (Navajo Nation – New Mexico)

Henny Scott (Northern Cheyenne Tribe – Montana)

Kaysera Stops Pretty Places (Crow Nation – Hardin and Missoula, Montana) – NEW to this guide

Rosenda Strong (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, descendant of the Yakama Nation – Washington)

Miranda Tenorio (New Mexico)

Britney Michele Tiger Gomez (Oklahoma)

Amber Alyssa Tuccaro (Mikisew Cree First Nation – Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada)

Misty Upham (Blackfeet Nation – Washington and Montana)

Jenaya Mary Wapemoose (Cowessess First Nation – Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)

Amanda Webster (Navajo Nation – Arizona)

Amy Whitegrass and Lindsay Whiteman (Blackfeet – Montana)

Alberta Gail Williams (Gitanyow Band – Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada)

Jamie Lynette Yazzie aka Jamie Montoya and Jamie Yazzie (Navajo Nation – Arizona)

Click here to go back to the #MMIW Resource Guide main page. 

New Reads for the Rest of Us for November 2018

Welcome to New Reads for the Rest of Us for November 2018!

With these monthly lists, I aim to amplify the books written by those who are historically underrepresented including, but not limited to: womxn, women of color, women from the Global South, women who are Black, Indigenous, dis/abled, queer, fat, immigrants, Muslim, sex-positive, and more. My lists meant to be intersectional, feminist, and trans-inclusive. I also want to highlight books by gender non-conforming people (who may or may not be described by the term “womxn”).

If you’d like to learn more about which books I focus on, see my Review Policy. These are just guidelines and I reserve the right to include (or not!) any books I see fit. I usually add to this list as I learn of others; if you have a suggestion, please share it in the comments below!

So here’s New Reads for the Rest of Us for November 2018. These lists are getting long; I may have to start dividing them up! There are so many great titles here, which will you read??


Girls on the Line by Jennie Liu (@starnesliu)

November 1

Tags: Historical fiction, pregnancy, women writers, China

Carolrhoda Lab, 232 pages

“A powerful view into the struggles faced by young women in a world that doesn’t value them–and where they must find strength within themselves and each other.”–Joanne O’Sullivan, author of Between Two Skies



Queering Kansas City Jazz: Gender, Performance, and the History of a Scene by Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone

Nov. 1

Tags: Music, queer, women writers, US history

University of Nebraska Press, 234 pages

Queering Kansas City Jazz offers a new and exciting perspective on the jazz scene that accompanied the growth of Kansas City from frontier town to metropolitan city during the early twentieth century. It will potentially change the way in which we understand regional identity and recognize those who were pushed into the margins of our social histories.”—Tammy Kernodle, professor of musicology at Miami University and author of Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams


Black Love, Black Hate: Intimate Antagonisms in African American Literature by Felice D. Blake (@FeliceBlake)

November 2

Tags: Literature, literary criticism, women writers

Ohio State University Press, 156 pages

“Black Love, Black Hate is the first book to uncover the role of intimate antagonisms in the ongoing production of African American literature. Felice Blake teaches us how African American literature becomes a type of ‘town meeting that cannot meet anywhere else.’”–Margo Natalie Crawford, author of Black Post-Blackness: The Black Arts Movement and Twenty-First-Century Aesthetics


Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism by Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley

Nov. 6

Tags: Feminism, Black women, women writers

University of Texas Press, 216 pages

“You’ll come away from each chapter with a new appreciation of what Beyoncé has meant to women, particularly black women, across the country.”–The Current

“Sure to appeal to scholars and pop-culture enthusiasts alike, this provocative book works to blur the lines between straight and gay black feminism. . . Lively and intelligent reading.”–Kirkus Reviews


Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan by Eileen Rivers (@msdc14)

November 6

Tags: Afghanistan, military, women writers, biography, history

Da Capo Press, 275 pages

“[The] story of the fight for women’s rights in a country where the male power structure opposes them…Compelling. The author’s own military experience gives the book a perspective that is especially useful. A solid, fact-filled look at an underreported piece of the American military.”–Kirkus Reviews


Do You See Ice?: Inuit and Americans at Home and Away by Karen Routledge

November 6

Tags: Women writers, Canadian history, Canada, First Nations, Native Americans, Inuit

University of Chicago Press, 272 pages

The author intends to donate all royalties from this book to the Elders’ Room at the Angmarlik Center in Pangnirtung, Nunavut.

“Weaving together stories told by Inuit men and women with those set down by white men who chased whales, wealth, and adventure, Do You See Ice? lets us consider what it has meant to travel, to be lost, to be homesick, and finally, to be home.”–Ann Fabian, author of The Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America’s Unburied Dead


Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean (@emikojeanbooks)

November 6

Tags: YA, fantasy, romance, folklore

HMH Books for Young Readers, 384 pages

“With rich mythology and elegant atmosphere, Empress of All Seasons will latch onto your imagination and sweep you along for a magical and dangerous ride.”–Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times best-selling author of The Testing Trilogy

Girls on Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (@girlinthelens)

November 6

Tags: YA, fantasy, LGBTQ

Jimmy Patterson, 400 pages

“Thrust into the beauty and horror of the Hidden Palace, will this Paper Girl survive? Ideal for those seeking diverse LGBTQ fantasy stories.”–Kirkus



Hide with Me by Sorboni Banerjee (@sorbonified)

November 6

Tags: YA, women writers, debut

Razorbill, 366 pages

“Suspenseful and gritty, Hide With Me is a beautifully written novel that captivates from the very first page.”–Robin Roe, author of A List of Cages



The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim (@Eugenia_Kim)

November 6

Tags: Korea, women writers, #OwnVoices, coming of age, family

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 304 pages

“I felt as though I had stepped into a graceful story of two countries, South Korea and America, and family ties that survive the challenges of history.”–Krys Lee, author of How I Became a North Korean

“What an extraordinary time to read this heartfelt novel about the bonds of family, set against the backdrop of the Korean War. Eugenia Kim is a masterful storyteller who makes her characters come to life as she spans decades, continents, and cultures.”–Jung Yun, author of Shelter


The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories by Yukiko Motoya and Asa Yoneda (Translator)

November 6

Tags: Japan, short stories, women writers

Soft Skull Press, 224 pages

The Millions Most Anticipated in the Second Half of 2018

“This inventive and chilling volume will have U.S. audiences craving more from Motoya.”–Library Journal


Monument: Poems New and Selected by Natasha Trethewey (@NTrethewey)

November 6

Tags: Black women, poetry, women writers

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 208 pages

“The poems are haunting reflections on a mother’s murder, the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, an early 20th-century prostitute in New Orleans, a regiment of black soldiers guarding Confederate POWs, mixed-race families and the black working class. The opening poem, a new one, titled ‘Imperatives for Carrying On in the Aftermath,’ ends with an emotional punch to the gut that sets the tone for what follows.”–Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Those Who Knew by Idra Novey (@IdraNovey)

November 6

Tags: Politics, literary, contemporary women, women writers

Viking, 256 pages

“Genius. That’s what I kept thinking as I read this novel that somehow combines an invented island, a political bookstore, fragments of a stage production, and a story that’s at once a damning critique of craven self-interest and a tale about our inescapable connectedness. Idra Novey has written an irreverent, magical, perfect puzzle of a book.”–Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans


Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History by E. Patrick Johnson

November 12

Tags: Queer, Black women, oral history, US history

University of North Carolina Press, 592 pages

“An amazing work that reflects Johnson’s passion, care for his subjects, sharp analytical skills, and standing in the field.”–Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College


Becoming by Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama)

November 13

Tags: Black women, women writers, politics, memoir, #OwnVoices

Crown, 400 pages

“An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.”–Description



Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha) by Tasha Suri (@tashadrinkstea)

November 13

Tags: Fantasy, debut, women writers

Orbit, 496 pages

“A darkly intricate, devastating, and utterly original story about the ways we are bound by those we love.”–R. F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War



Fade Into You by Nikki Darling

November 13

Tags: Literary fiction, women writers, Latinx, debut

Feminist Press at CUNY, 224 pages

“A deeply personal mythology interwoven with the fibers of LA, simultaneously shaped by and shaping our city, Nikki Darling’s Fade Into You is a poetic portrait of a young girl’s life in the Angeleno multiverse.”–Alice Bag, author of Violence Girl


First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story by Huda Al-Marashi (@HudaAlMarashi)

November 13

Tags: Women writers, Iraq, memoir, #OwnVoices

Prometheus Books, 304 pages

“Told with exuberance and honesty, First Comes Marriage is a charming, delightful memoir of love and self-discovery. Huda Al-Marashi has written a smart, down-to-earth, and unforgettable modern-day love story that celebrates the enduring bonds of culture, faith, and family. A wonderful book.”–Jasmin Darznik, New York Times–bestselling author of Song of a Captive Bird


Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

November 13

Tags: War, family, women writers, Philippines

Soho Press, 336 pages

“Gina Apostol—a smart writer, a sharp critic, a keen intellectual—takes on the vexed relationship between the Philippines and the United States, pivoting on that relationship’s bloody origins. Insurrecto is meta-fictional, meta-cinematic, even meta-meta, plunging us into the vortex of memory, history, and war where we can feel what it means to be forgotten, and what it takes to be remembered.”–Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author The Sympathizer


All the Lives We Never Lived: A Novel by Anuradha Roy

November 20

Tags: India, women writers, family, literary

Atria, 288 pages

“[Roy] is a writer of great subtlety and intelligence, who understands that emotional power comes from the steady accretion of detail….[All the Lives We Never Lived] does not directly refer to #MeToo or the macho hyper-nationalism of today’s India. But in its portrayal of power structures, it is part of those very contemporary political conversations. It is also a beautifully written and compelling story of how families fall apart and of what remains in the aftermath.”–Kamila Shamsie, The Guardian

My review is coming soon!


Ask Me Again by E. J. Noyes (@zgrokit)

November 20

Tags: Lesbian, romance, military

Bella Books, 288 pages

“There’s no doubt that both Sabine and Rebecca want the same thing. But how do you help the most important person in your life when they don’t want to need your help?

Ask Me Again is the must-read sequel to the best-selling Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”–Description


Cameron’s Rules by Baxter Brown

November 20

Tags: Lesbian, romance

Bella Books, 266 pages

“When screenwriter Julie Carter accidentally spills hot coffee all over her, lawyer Cameron Kassen is convinced that her day can’t get any worse. But Cameron’s mood quickly improves when Julie starts to flirt with her. Only in town for a couple of days, they both lament that the flirtation can go nowhere.

Fiction mirrors reality and when Julie decides to add a surprise alternate ending to the story, Cameron is presented with a puzzle. Only by solving it will she be able to unlock the ending Julie intends just for her…but will it also unlock her heart?”–Description


Last Days of Theresienstadt by Eva Noack-Mosse with Skye Doney (Translator) and Biruté Ciplijauskaité (Translator)

November 20

Tags: History, memoir, Holocaust, women writers, nonfiction, #OwnVoices

“Includes the rare account of someone involved in the continuing administration of the camp after the war, facing the issues of epidemic and quarantine and coping with the inquiries from relatives seeking any word of their family members’ fates.”–Christopher Browning, author of Remembering Survival


Love in the New Millennium by Can Xue and Annelise Finegan Wasmoen (Translator)

November 20

Tags: Translation, women writers, China, literary fiction, #OwnVoices

Yale University Press, 288 pages

“Ambitious . . . masterful . . . Can Xue’s superb experimental novel is sure to keep readers hooked.”–Emily Park, Booklist

Love in the New Millennium is, as always with Can Xue’s work, a marvel. She is one of the most innovative and important contemporary writers in China and, in my opinion, in world literature.”–Bradford Morrow, author of The Prague Sonata


My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel by Oyinkan Braithwaite (@OyinBraithwaite)

November 20

Tags: Nigeria, Black women, women writers, debut, humor, #OwnVoices

Doubleday, 240 pages

“Who is more dangerous? A femme fatale murderess or the quiet, plain woman who cleans up her messes? In My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite answers that question with an original and compelling debut. I never knew what was going to happen, but found myself pulling for both sisters, as I relished the creepiness and humor of this modern noir.”–Helen Ellis, New York Times bestselling author of American Housewife

My review coming soon!


Not Just a Tomboy: A Trans Masculine Memoir by Caspar Baldwin (@CasparBaldwin)

Nov. 21

Tags: Trans, memoir, #OwnVoices, queer

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 248 pages

“As someone who was called a tomboy growing up as well, it gives invaluable and often ignored insight into the life of a trans masculine person. Strong, powerful and a valuable resource about the importance of supporting trans youth, regardless of their gender expression.”–Fox Fisher, film maker, artist and campaigner


How Long ’til Black Future Month?: Stories by N. K. Jemisin (@nkjemisin)

November 27

Tags: Women writers, short stories, science fiction

Orbit, 416 pages

“The stories are wonderful. In worlds both invariably cruel and brilliantly imagined, heroism thrives in the margins.”–Nicky Drayden, author of The Prey of Gods


Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson (@andreagibson)

November 27

Tags: Poetry, lesbian, loss, romance

Button Poetry, 96 pages

“Andrea Gibson’s latest collection is a masterful showcase from the poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. With artful and nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family, Lord of the Butterflies is a new peak in Gibson’s career. Each emotion here is deft and delicate, resting inside of imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.”–Description


What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohaila Abdulali (@SohailaAbdulali)

November 27

Tags: Violence, feminism, India, #OwnVoices, women writers

The New Press, 224 pages

“If the #MeToo campaign is to have any lasting impact . . . it will be because of books such as this.”–Preti Taneja, author of We That Are Young

“The right to our own bodies is the first step in any democracy, and by that measure, women in general—especially those of us also devalued by race, caste, or class—are still subject to an intimate dictatorship. Read the personal stories in What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape and see how far we have come—and have yet to go.”–Gloria Steinem


Settlin’: Stories of Madison’s Early African American Families by Muriel Simms

Nov. 28

Tags: Wisconsin, US history, women writers

Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 224 pages

“Only a fraction of what is known about Madison’s earliest African American settlers and the vibrant and cohesive communities they formed has been preserved in traditional sources. The rest is contained in the hearts and minds of their descendants. Seeing a pressing need to preserve these experiences, lifelong Madison resident Muriel Simms collected the stories of twenty-five African Americans whose families arrived, survived, and thrived here in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.”–Description


Those are the New Reads for the Rest of Us for November 2018! What are you reading this month??


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The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

What I’m Reading – 13 May 2018

Happy Mother’s Day!

We’ve been working so hard on home renovations that it is nice to have a bit of a break today. I’ve been super busy at work as well but am still carving out time to do some reading. Here are some of the highlights:

I just started and ARC of Hybrid Child by Mariko Ohara which, while it is a classic of Japanese speculative fiction, it is only in its first translation here in the US. It’s actually the first English translation of a major work of scifi by a Japanese woman author, period, so wow, that’s awesome. Always have to wonder what took so long but it’s here now, at least. And so far, I would recommend you get your mitts on this book! It is strange and mysterious and fascinating so far. I may take this Mother’s Day and read it all!

I just finished listening to Beauty Queens by Libba Bray and sorry but I didn’t love it. At all. I posted a little review on GoodReads. I just started listening to This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson and it’s not too great either actually… I mean, it would be more interesting to someone who didn’t know anything about librarianship I think but it’s also just dated. I am striking out with aduibooks lately… any suggestions? I also recently finished Monsoon Mansion and am working on reviews for A Little in Love with Everyone by Genevieve Hudson and The Book of M by Peng Shepherd, so be watching for those.

There have been a lot of great articles I’ve been reading lately, it’s hard to share them all! I recently created a Resource Guide to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW) and so read a lot of those articles as I included them. I just couldn’t find a great bibliography or guide out there, so I figured the least I could do was to create one. So please share it and also let me know what’s missing from it; I plan to continue adding to it.


Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW – Books

This bibliography goes beyond #MMIW and lists books regarding violence against Indigenous women more generally, as well as Indigenous history, tradition, feminism, and more. These resources focus on women and GNC people in areas now known as the United States, Canada, and Hawaii. It’s possible that I will move the other topics off of this bibliography at some point onto their own and limit this one strictly to MMIW. I welcome your suggestions.

This post includes affiliate links. For each book that is purchased on this list from an affiliate link of mine, I will donate $1 to the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women.

Click here to go back to the #MMIW Resource Guide main page. 

NEW to this guide – Updated August 25, 2019

Anderson, A. Brenda; Kubik, Wendee; Hampton, Mary Rucklos (eds). 2010. Torn from Our Midst: Voices of Grief, Healing, and Action from the Missing Indigenous Women Conference, 2008. Canadian Plains Research Center.

Anderson, Kim; Campbell, Maria; Belcourt, Christi (eds). 2018. Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters. Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press.

Boyden, Joseph. 2014. Kwe: Standing With Our Sisters. Penguin Canada.

Cameron, Stevie. 2010. On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver’s Missing Women. Knopf Canada.

Dean, Amber. 2015. Remembering Vancouver’s disappeared women: settler colonialism and the difficulty of inheritance. Toronto: Toronto University Press.

Goulding, Warren. 2001. Just Another Indian: A Serial Killer and Canada’s Indifference. Fifth House Publishers.

Lavell-Harvard, D. Memee and Jennifer Brant (eds). 2016. Forever loved : exposing the hidden crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.

Michalko, Ray. 2016. Obstruction of Justice: The Search for Truth on Canada’s Highway of Tears. Red Deer Press.

Scofield, Gregory. 2016. Witness, I Am. Nightwood Editions. [Includes an epic poem about MMIW].

Shenher, Lori. 2015. That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away. Greystone Books.

Walter, Emmanuelle. 2015. Stolen Sisters: The Story of Two Missing Girls, Their Families, and How Canada Has Failed Indigenous Women. HarperCollins Publishers.


Agtuca, Jacqueline; Sahneyah, Dorma (ed). 2015. Safety for Native Women: VAWA and American Indian Tribes. National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.

Casselman, Amy L. 2015. Injustice in Indian Country: Jurisdiction, American Law, and Sexual Violence Against Native Women. Peter Lang Inc.

Charleyboy, Lisa; Leatherdale, Mary Beth (eds). 2018. #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women. Annick Press.

Chenault, Venida S. 2011. Weaving Strength, Weaving Power: Violence and Abuse against Indigenous Women. Carolina Academic Press.

Deer, Sarah. 2015. The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America. 3rd ed. Univ Of Minnesota Press.

Deer, Sarah. 2007. Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence. AltaMira Press.

Hargreaves, Allison. 2017. Violence against Indigenous women : literature, activism, resistance. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

McGillivray, Anne; Comaskey, Brenda. 1999. Black Eyes All of the Time: Intimate Violence, Aboriginal Women, and the Justice System. University of Toronto Press.

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition. 2012. The Barrette Project: Honoring Native Women Survivors of Sexual Violence. CreateSpace.

Robertson, David Alexander, et al. 2017. Will I See? HighWater Press. [graphic novel.]

Smith, Andrea. 2015. Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. Reprint. Duke University Press Books.

Vermette, Katherena. 2016. The Break. House of Anansi Press. [fiction.]

Biography and Memoir

Brave Bird, Mary; Erdoes, Richard. 2014. Ohitika Woman. Grove Press. [sequel to Lakota Woman.]

Crow Dog, Mary; Erdoes, Richard. 2014. Lakota Woman. Reprint. Grove Press.

Harjo, Joy. 2012. Crazy Brave: A Memoir. W. W. Norton & Company.

Harness, Susan Devan. 2018. Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption. University of Nebraska Press.

Mailhot, Terese Marie. 2018. Heart Berries: A Memoir. Counterpoint.

Robertson, Davis Alexander. 2008. The Life of Helen Betty Osborne: A Graphic Novel. Portage & Main Press.

Robertson, David Alexander. 2015. Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story. HighWater Press.

Feminism and Activism

Akaka, Moanike’ala; Kahaulelio, Maxine, et al. (eds). 2018. Nā Wāhine Koa: Hawaiian Women for Sovereignty and Demilitarization. University of Hawaii Press.

Anderson, Kim. 2001. A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood. Sumach Press.

Baldy, Cutcha Risling. 2018. We Are Dancing for You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women’s Coming-of-Age Ceremonies. University of Washington Press.

Barker, Joanne. 2017. Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. Duke University Press Books.

Donovan, Kathleen M. 1998. Feminist Readings of Native American Literature: Coming to Voice. Third ed. University of Arizona Press.

Green, Joyce. 2007. Making Space for Indigenous Feminism. Zed Books.

Kapā’anaokalāokeola Nākoa Oliveira, Katrina-Ann R. et al. (eds). 2015. Kanaka ‘Ōiwi Methodologies: Mo‘olelo and Metaphor. University of Hawaii Press.

Lavell-Harvard, Dawn Memee; Anderson, Kim (eds). 2014. Mothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance, Reclaiming and Recovery. Demeter Press.

Mankiller, Wilma. 2011. Every Day is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women. Memorial ed. Fulcrum Publishing.

Maracle, Lee. 2002. I Am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism. Reprint. Raincoast Books, Press Gang Publishers.

Mihesuah, Devon Abbott. 2003. Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism. University of Nebraska Press.

Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake. 2017. As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance. 3rd ed. Univ Of Minnesota Press.

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. 2012. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. 2nd ed. Zed Books.

Suzack, Cheryl; Huhndorf, Shari M.; Perreault, Jeanne; Barman, Jean. 2011. Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture. UBC Press.

Trask, Haunani-Kay. 1999. From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii. Revised ed. Latitude 20 Books.

Wagner, Sally Roesch. 2010. Sisters in Spirit: Iroquois Influence on Early Feminists. Book Publishing Company.

Wilson, Shawn. 2009. Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd.

History and Tradition

Allen, Paula Gunn. 2015. The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions. Reissue ed. Open Road Media.

Anderson, Kim. 2011. Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine. Third ed. University of Manitoba Press.

Goeman, Mishuana. 2013. Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations. Univ Of Minnesota Press.

Hillaire, Pauline (Scälla–Of the Killer Whale). 2016. Rights Remembered: A Salish Grandmother Speaks on American Indian History and the Future. University of Nebraska Press.

Jagodinsky, Katrina. 2016. Legal Codes and Talking Trees: Indigenous Women’s Sovereignty in the Sonoran and Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854-1946. Yale University Press.

Katz, Jane. 2009. Messengers of the Wind: Native American Women Tell Their Life Stories. Reprint. One World.

Kermoal, Nathalie; Altamirano-Jiménez, Isabel (eds). 2016. Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place. AU Press.

Perdue, Theda. 1999. Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835. Bison Books.


Driskill, Qwo-Li. 2016. Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory. University of Arizona Press.

Driskill, Qwo-Li; Finley, Chris; Gilley, Brian Joseph; Morgensen, Scott Lauria (eds). 2011. Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature. University of Arizona Press.

Driskill, Qwo-Li; Justice, Daniel Heath; Miranda, Deborah; Tatonetti, Lisa (eds). 2011. Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. University of Arizona Press.

Jolivette, Andrew J. 2016. Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community. University of Washington Press.

Morgensen, Scrott Lauria. 2011. Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization. Univ Of Minnesota Press.

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW – Films, Podcasts, and Toolkits

New resources regularly added; please contact me with suggestions.

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New to this guide – see below (updated 28 November 2019)

  • Red House is a multi-platform project in development about the growing epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the US and the relationship some of these cases have to the drilling industry. Check out their TV series and podcast.




  • Not Invisible by Red House. “Not Invisible seeks to unravel the mysteries and myths behind cases of missing & murdered Indigenous women that are tied to water protection, land sovereignty, and extractive industries.”
  • Who Killed Alberta Williams? by Connie Walker and Marnie Luke. “In 1989, 24-year-old Alberta Williams was found dead along the Highway of Tears near Prince Rupert, B.C. Police never caught her killer. Twenty-seven years later, her unsolved murder continues to haunt her family — and the retired cop who says he knows who did it. CBC News has produced an eight-part podcast and slideshow.”

Toolkits and Guides

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW – Reports and Articles

This post is updated regularly. Suggestions are always welcome.

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NEW to this page (updated July 26, 2019):

  • National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls [Canada]. Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 2019.

Bachman, Annette, et al. “Violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and the criminal justice response: What is known.” August 2008.

Bailey, Jane and Sara Shayan. “Missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis: Technological dimensions.” Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 28, 2. pages 321-341. August 2016.

Beck, Abaki. “Missing, murdered, but never forgotten: Violence, colonialism, and justice for Indigenous women.” Bitch 80. Fall 2018. Pages 64-67.

Finn, Kathleen, et al. “Responsible resource development and prevention of sex trafficking: Safeguarding Native women and children on the Fort Berthold Reservation.” February 4, 2016.

Lucchesi, Annita & Echo-Hawk, Abigail. “Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.” Urban Indian Health Institute, November 2018.

Native Women’s Association Canada. Voices of our sisters in spirit: A report to families and communities. [2nd ed.] March 2009.

Native Women’s Association Canada. Community resource guide: What can I do to help the families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls? 2010.

Native Women’s Association Canada. “National Inquiry into MMIWG.” 2018.

“Our bodies, our stories.” Urban Indian Health Institute. – Includes downloads for “Our Bodies, Our Stories” and “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women” reports.

Rosay, Andre B. “Violence against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men.” National Institute of Justice, September 2016.

Seattle City Council Proclamation of Saturday, May 5th, 2018 to the Day of Awareness for Missing
and Murdered Native American Women and Girls in the City of Seattle. May 2018.

Smith, Jane M.; Thompson II, Richard M. “Tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization and the SAVE Native Women Act.” Congressional Research Service. May 15, 2012.

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW – News

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New to this page (See below) – Updated 2 October 2019

  • Marita Growing Thunder (Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux ) [student activist]


Lauren Chief Elk-Young Bear

Congressional Hearing on MMIW – March 2019

Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel [runner]

Drag the Red [Winnipeg]


Marita Growing Thunder (Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux ) [student activist] – NEW to this guide

The Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act, H.R. 3977 (116th Congress)

Not Invisible Act of 2019 (116th Congress)



South Dakota

Washington State



National Day of Awareness

Savanna’s Act, S.1942 (115th Congress)

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on MMIW – December 2018



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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW – Websites/Organizations

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NEW to this page (updated 26 July 2019)


American Indians Against Abuse [Wisconsin]

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women [New Mexico]

Drag the Red Facebook group [Winnipeg]

First Nations Women’s Alliance [North Dakota]

Idle No More [Canada]

Indian Law Resource Center

Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) [Edmonton]

It Starts With Us [Canada]

Justice for Native Women

Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (LSC) [Canada]

Lost and Missing in Indian Country

Mending the Sacred Hoop [Minnestoa]

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo [Canada]

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women [Canada]

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Database

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA

Missing and Murdered: The Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls [Canada]

NamUS: National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls [Canada]

Native Alliance Against Violence [Oklahoma]

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains [South Dakota]

Native Youth Sexual Health Network [US and Canada]

No More Silence [2017 – became It Starts With Us

No More Stolen Sisters [Amnesty Intl MMIW campaign]

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) [Canada]

Red Wind Consulting, Inc. [Colorado]

Rematriation Magazine

Seven Dancers Coalition [New York]

Southwest Center for Law and Policy

Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition [Arizona]

StrongHearts Native Helpline

TAP: Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information

Tribal Database

Uniting Three Fires Against Violence [Michigan]

The Vanished [Washington]

Wabanaki Women’s Coalition [Maine]

Walking With Our Sisters [Canada]

Windspeaker [Alberta news with stories about MMIWG.]

Women Spirit Coalition [Washington]


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