May 5 is a national day to bring awareness, honor and remember the numerous Indigenous persons who have been murdered or gone missing all across America. The U.S. Department of Justice reports Native American women face murder rates 10 times above the national average.
The Alaska Department of Public Safety has brought in former Alaska State Trooper Anne Sears to lead the department’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons initiative.
Sears was the first Alaska Native woman hired as an Alaska State Trooper and is now working to address the staggering gap in unsolved cases encompassing Indigenous persons in Alaska.
– Jessica Small, The Alaska 100