MMIW and Environment Degradation: The Dakotas


This map shows statistics on MMIW in the Northern Plains Regions and highlights regions that have higher numbers.

The map below shows where the Keystone XL Pipeline cuts through in South Dakota and other regions.  These maps were made in 2019 and 2020 and show an overlap where the pipelines go through, there are a higher number of cases.

Citation: Zuya Winyan  Wicayuonihan Honoring Warrior Women A study on missing & murdered Indigenous women and girls in states impacted by the Keystone XL pipeline. (2019). Sovereign Bodies Institute . Retrieved from

Citation: Junkins, C. (2020, April 8). Company starts building Keystone XL Pipeline; $8 billion oil project expected to create 3,500 S.D. jobs. Retrieved from


This is a video by an environment activist, Winona LaDuke and her speaking from her professional and life experiences of how the environment and MMIW are connected.  She focuses on man camps in the oil and mining industries and women going missing around those areas.

The Deadly Cost of Pipelines in Native Land: Winona LaDuke on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. (2018, December 7). Retrieved from


This video describes the importance of maps and cartography and the research that Indigenous women have done to understand MMIW cases better. The research reflect on issues that indigenous women face because of environmentally destructive projects such as relocation, poverty, and violence. Included are the research of  Annita Luccinesi and Abigail Echo-Hawk.  This video shows the hard work and resilience these women faced and that they are leaders in their communities and in research on MMIW.  

Citation: Why Are Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Cases Being Ignored? | Between The Lines. (2018, November 14). Retrieved from

Keystone XL Pipeline Pieces by Andrew Burton