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DALLAS — A Standing Rock mother of three who had been missing since November 2019 has been located in Texas and is safe with authorities, the tribe announced Wednesday night, Jan. 22. Kara Lynn Mauai, who was considered an endangered person, was found in the Dallas-Fort Worth area just one day after law enforcement officials announced they were focusing their efforts there.
FARGO — The family of a missing Native American mother of three has asked community members and law enforcement to join another search on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation this Saturday, Jan. 11, according to the family's official Facebook page. Dozens have gathered in the past week to help look for Kara Lynn Mauai, who went missing Nov. 8. Standing Rock Police Chief Sparky Edwards said Mauai was reported missing on Dec. 11.
FARGO — Dozens of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have rallied together to help find a missing 30-year-old Native American mother of three. More than 30 people — from law enforcement to concerned citizens to family members — searched Saturday, Jan. 4, in the area of Selfridge, N.D., one of the places the missing woman, Kara Lynn Mauai, may have last been seen, according to family spokeswoman Sheridan Seaboy-McNeil. On Monday, searchers gathered in Porcupine, S.D., to continue looking as well.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Monique "Muffie" Mousseau and Felipa De Leon are going tribe to tribe in South Dakota to advocate for protections and marriage equality for those who are “two spirit” — the modern umbrella term often used in Indigenous communities to define those who identify as LGBTQ. The two women have been married for 15 years — legally for four after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2015. But their own tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota didn’t recognize their marriage or even protect their sexual orientation from hate crimes until this year.
FOUR BEARS VILLAGE, N.D. — The Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation in western North Dakota is creating a search-and-rescue dive team to help in boating accidents, or even cases of missing and murdered indigenous women.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Just 85 miles north of Fargo, 68-year-old Beverly Johnson has been making wood and lace for Ojibway snowshoes for three decades in a small workshop. Johnson and her late husband started the company, 7-J's Snowshoe, in January 1989. Johnson, of Norwegian descent, said she thought the business was unique.
RED LAKE, Minn. — The Red Lake Band of Chippewa in Minnesota is aiming to increase its enrollment, even as some members want to stick to the status quo. This fall, the Red Lake Tribal Council approved a resolution loosening its rules on blood quantum, a system that identifies Native Americans by their percentage of ancestry in a tribe.
FARGO — The city of Fargo has hired a consultant to begin work on developing a new Native American Center that would act as a resource hub and, eventually, a gathering space for Indigenous people. Chalsey Snyder, a member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, started her seven-month contract as the consultant in early November. Snyder, who serves on the Fargo Native American Commission, said the center is the “biggest interest and need in our community.”
FORT BERTHOLD, N.D. — In western North Dakota, on a nearly 1,000,000 acre tract of land, sits the Fort Berthold Reservation, where the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes once united after devastating epidemics of smallpox.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday, Nov. 26, creating a national task force to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. "It’s a tremendous problem," the president said. "It’s been going on for a long time — many, many decades, beyond that. And we’re going to address it."