Albuquerque officials cast a spotlight on the city’s missing Native Americans on Friday, saying police figures show 42 open missing person cases involving Native Americans so far this year.
For 2018, 36 open missing persons cases remain in Albuquerque, said Dawn Begay, the city’s Native American affairs coordinator. Of the 36 missing in 2018, 15 were women.
Begay shared the numbers at an event held to highlight the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in New Mexico’s largest city, where she has worked with the Native American community both in government and in the nonprofit sector for years.
The event in Albuquerque at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute focused, in part, on services available to the city’s Native American community and others on how to report missing persons cases and available resources.