In November 2018, the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) released a report on this nationwide emergency, stating that 5,712 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) were reported in 2016, but that only 116 of them were logged in the Department of Justice database, due to limited resources and poor data collection. Coverage has been devoted to public events and activism around this issue, however, very little attention is given to the daily lives of the individuals who are directly experiencing this crisis–female indigenous girls and teens–and who currently face murder rates up to 10 times higher than the rest of the country.
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Special collaboration with and thanks to the Mdewakanton Band of Dakota Lower Sioux Indian Community in Minnesota. All images made with 120 medium format Kodak Portra film.
When Water Came To Me — Bernadette Fox // Documentary Photographer