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Missing or murdered indigenous women numbers high in Arizona

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Posted at 8:32 AM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 19:59:45-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A new report is shedding light on missing or murdered Native American women, and there are 31 cases right here in Tucson.

The report is from the Urban Indian Health Institute, and it studied more than 5,000 cases of missing women.

The report found 506 total cases of missing or murdered indigenous women in 2017, more than 10-percent of those were here in Arizona. In Arizona, of those 54 cases, 31 of them are from Tucson.

The only cities in the country with more cases of missing or murdered Native American women are Seattle and Albuquerque.

The report found the median age of the women to be just 29 years old.

The report only surveyed 71 major cities in the U.S. and left out large portions of the eastern United States.