Some accuse Instagram of censorship after posts for Missing, Murdered, Indigenous Persons Awareness Day disappear

On May 5, people all across the country shared stories and pictures, and memorialized the thousands of Indigenous people who have disappeared.  Later, many users reported that content they shared to their stories disappeared too. 

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‘The laws fail to keep people safe’: Most sexual assault cases in Nome never go to trial

Some experts say an outdated consent statute ensures most sexual assault cases won’t result in convictions in Alaska.

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Alaska requires that DNA be collected from people arrested for violent crimes. Many police agencies have ignored that.

By failing to collect those DNA samples, law enforcement has left Alaska’s DNA database with crucial gaps, allowing at least one serial rapist to go undetected.

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After 3 years and $1.5 million devoted to testing rape kits, Alaska made one new arrest

First of two parts: In the state with the highest rate of sexual assault in the nation, testing the backlog of rape kits may not be enough. Many were from cases where the identity of the suspect was already known, or were opened only to find no usable DNA.

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Local orgs donate $38,000 to speed up processing of Nome’s sexual assault kits

Right now, according to NPD’s Evidence Custodian Paul Kosto, the state lab is taking about a year to process kits.

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