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Indigenous people make up a large portion of missing persons, DOJ says

Indigenous people continue to account for a disproportionate number of missing persons in Montana. That’s according to the latest report from the Montana Department of Justice.

According to the report, Indigenous people accounted for nearly a third of all 2021 missing person reports in Montana, despite only making up roughly 7% of the state’s total population.

There were 650 reports of missing Indigenous people last year, most under the age of 18.

About two-thirds of missing Indigenous people were located within a week’s time. As of June of this year, eight Indigenous people remained missing.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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