Following the disappearance
, Johnson’s family put up a billboard on Interstate
5 near the reservation asking anyone with information to contact the Tulalip Tribal Police
, Volgens CNN affiliate KING-TV.
Johnson’s siblings told KING-TV they weren’t aware of their sister’s disappearance until her estranged husband contacted police
“He said that she has been gone for a couple of weeks and that she is not normally gone that long,” haar sister, Gerry Davis, told KING 5.
“If Mary has seen this video
, please contact somebody
, reach out some way if you’re in trouble
,” Davis said in a video on Tulalip TV
. “If she’s not okay
, let her come home
. Bring her home
, for closure
, vir ons, if it happened that way
. Because it is an awful feeling to not know where you are at.
The FBI is asking anyone with information regarding her location or disappearance to call the agency’s Seattle office or their local FBI office or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
A crisis of missing Native American women
Indigenous families with missing women or girls say their cases are often disregarded by law enforcement due to legal hurdles
, including thorny layers of jurisdiction on tribal lands
Daardie, hulle sê, has forced them to highlight their cases through social media campaigns, marches and protests, such as the annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s March.
Oor 1,500 American Indian and Alaska Native missing persons have been recorded across the United States by the National Crime Information Center
, en 2,700 homicide cases have been reported to the federal government’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program
The Justice Department has reported on some reservations
, Native American women are murdered at a rate more than
10 times the national average
But the existing data is not comprehensive, advocates say.
Annita Lucchesi, a descendant of the Cheyenne tribe and executive director of the research group Sovereign Bodies Institute, has been tabulating missing and murdered cases for the past few years.
The Indigenous-led group has documented
2,306 missing Native American women and girls in the US since the 1900s
. Oor 58% of those cases were homicides
, the group said in a verslag doen
In April, Sekretaris van Binnelandse Sake, Deb Haaland announced a new unit within Bureau of Indian Affairs that plans to tackle the decades-long crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans
“Violence against Indigenous peoples is a crisis that has been underfunded for decades
,” Haaland said in an earlier statement.
“Far too often
, murders and missing persons cases in Indian country go unsolved and unaddressed
, leaving families and communities devastated.
“The new MMU unit will provide the resources and leadership to prioritize these cases and coordinate resources to hold people accountable, keep our communities safe, and provide closure for families,” het sy bygevoeg.
The new unit is expected to
“help put the full weight of the federal government
” to investigate the cases and coordinate resources among federal agencies and Indian country
, Volgens die Department of Interior.