Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Bridget Diamond-Welch

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Mrozla

Third Advisor

Dr. Elise Boxer


Missing and murdered Indigenous peoples, Trust in police, Willingness to report

Subject Categories

Community-Based Research | Criminology and Criminal Justice


The crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) has occurred for centuries. The current structure of the criminal justice system relies on trust and cooperation between law enforcement agencies and citizens to combat such crises. The purpose of this research project is to assess how, if at all, Indigenous peoples’ trust in police and willingness to report at the tribal, state, and federal levels impact MMIP. These two dependent variables were assessed using survey results from Indigenous peoples 18 and older. Discussion will focus on how these variables impact MMIP moving forward.



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