Last year, during a walk on the UW campus for missing and murdered Indigenous women, Not Our Native Daughters director Lynette Greybull urged Governor Mark Gordon to create a task force to study the problem. He agreed on the spot and since then the task force has strived to achieve several goals.
One is to collect data on the problem. The task force is set to release a study early next year conducted by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center detailing the importance of the issue here. Greybull said she always brings a family member to every task force meeting.
“The families who still have to go through this pain and the struggle and the lack of justice and the lack of closure and live the day to day life without their daughter or son, these are the stories that have to come to the fore,” a declared Greybull.
The task force is also working with northern Arapaho trade advisor Jordan Dresser on a documentary titled “Who She Is” interviewing families and telling the stories of missing and murdered Wyoming natives.
“One of the things that is highlighted in this report is the lack of media attention,” said Greybull. “So stories like what Jordan Dresser is doing, a documentary and all this media to tell our story, that helps us.”
Wyoming Victim Services Director Cara Chambers chairs the task force and said the documentary allows families to tell their stories of loss.
“You’ll never see what you’re not looking for,” Chambers said. “In my experience with human trafficking and this problem, there are a lot of things like, ‘Well that’s a big city problem, or it’s a bigger booking problem and it doesn’t. not happen here. ‘ And the reality is, it does. “
The study conducted by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center will be published early next year.