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Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women In Utah On Thursday's Access Utah

Tamsen Maloy

A study from the Urban Indian Health Institute found that Utah ranks 8th in the nation for the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Utah legislators recently formed a task force to address why Utah’s numbers are so high. But the bill is only a part of the overall work being done to address this issue. Representative Angela Romero told the Utah State Legislature that, “The U.S. Department of Justice found that American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.” Romero sponsored House Bill 116, which created a task force to research the causes of the high rate of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Utah. 

We’ll talk about this on the next Access Utah. Our guests will include Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City; Yolanda Francisco-Nez with Restoring Ancestral Winds; and UPR Reporter Tamsen Malloy.

This episode of Access Utah is made possible with support from the Utah Women's Giving Circle, a grassroots community with everyday philanthropists raising the questions and raising the funds to empower Utah women and girls. Information available at

This episode is also a part of UPR’s Project Resilience made possible with support from the USU Center for Persons with Disabilities and The Family Place in Logan.


StrongHearts Native Helpline 1-844-7NATIVE.

Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake 801-486-4877.

Sacred Circle Heathcare 801-359-2256.

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center

Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence - Dawn Stover,, Telephone:  405-606-1936.

Restoring Ancestral Winds


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Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.