Missing Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness

May 5and is National Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Women and Girls. Siouxland Public Media’s public affairs program The exchange shares insights from local leaders, regional advocates, law enforcement, and a cold case involving a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.

The following guests joined hosts Mary Hartnett and Sheila Brummer for a live chat:

The exchange also highlighted the Terri McCauley cold case. Her body was found in 1983. Her son Nathaniel wants justice and shared his family’s struggle and hope. Siouxland Public Media also spoke with a former police sergeant and current investigator on the case.

Special thanks to Teri Kitto from Santee Health and Wellness Center for giving details of the events honoring MMIW. The FBI is currently investigating the death of 19-year-old tribal member Ashleigh Wabasha.

the Red Ribbon Skirt Society provides education and support to missing murdered Indigenous women, children and Two-Spirit people. Lily Mendoza started the company in Rapids City, South Dakota in 2016.

Ancient Brad Purscell, FBI Agent provided a perspective from a law enforcement perspective. He retired four years ago after spending most of his 22-year career serving Indian Country. He now lives in Winnebago, Nebraska.