Ethnic Feminicide

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Epidemic


  • Clarissa Lunday University of Washington
  • Shirley J. Yee Mentor, University of Washington



missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, femicide, feminicide, racism, sexism


This paper explores the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls epidemic in Washington State and how the state has failed to address the issue, underlining its complicity and impunity. It takes into account that this epidemic is part of a global crisis of femicide, drawing specifically on the Latin American term, feminicidios, or feminicide, the gender-based murders of women and the state’s impunity in these cases. This paper then names another form of femicide, ethnic feminicde, arguing that the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls epidemic falls under this crisis because of the underlying systemic racism and sexism in state institutions. This paper uses the indigenous methodologies of reframing and intervention, as described by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, to explore this epidemic, reframing it into a transnational feminist issue, not just and indigenous issue, and asking how Washington state, and America as a whole, can intervene, with indigenous leaders taking charge.


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Author Biographies

Clarissa Lunday, University of Washington

Clarissa Lunday recently obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Gender, Wome, and Sexuality studies from the University of Washington. She is committed to the empowerment of all women, with a keen intrest in helping women, low-income and homeless individuals obtain their higher education goals. Miss Lunday has worked with Northwest Education Access as a previous student and a volunteer to build on this interest and was a legislative intern for Senator Patty Murray to learn more about policy work. Her goals are to go to graduate school and work to help more women obtain their higher education goals through education advocacy and policy.

Shirley J. Yee, Mentor, University of Washington

Professor Yee’s training is as a historian of gender, women, race & ethnicity in the United States. She has been a member of the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies faculty since 1988. She served as Chair of the department from 1995-2001.

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How to Cite

Lunday, C., & Yee, S. (2021). Ethnic Feminicide: The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Epidemic. Journal of Student Research, 10(3).



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