New alert system for missing Indigenous people in Washington: what to know

Watch the full story on the Missing Indigenous Person Alert, which goes into effect July 1, on KING 5 News at 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washingtonians will soon start seeing missing person alerts specifically about Indigenous people. 

It’s called the Missing Indigenous Person Alert or MIPA, which launches July 1. 

Washington state and Seattle in particular have some of the highest numbers of missing Indigenous people in the country, according to a study conducted by the Seattle Indian Health Board. While Indigenous people make up less than 2% of Washington’s population, the health board’s study shows Indigenous women are four times more

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