California tribal youth advocates raise $15K for Montana MMIP org


After launching Ohkomi Forensics, an organization that aims to help families of missing or murdered Indigenous people, Haley Omeasoo’s biggest challenge was funding.

A Ph.D. student at University of Montana and citizen of the Hopi Tribe, Omeasoo offers excavation services and crime scene analyses through her organization.

She dreams of one day opening her own lab dedicated to using forensic science to help solve Indigenous cases. 

Omeasoo’s dream is one step closer to becoming reality after an Indigenous youth group based in California raised $15,000 for Ohkomi Forensics. 

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The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Youth Advocacy Group hosted its second annual 5K walk fundraiser in April. The group selects an organization to support each year and in 2023, donated to MMIP groups based in New Mexico and California. 

In addition to the $15,000 raised from the walk, Omeasoo said San Manuel community members raised an additional $12,000 for her organization.

“This money can be used to help bring justice to a family that has been desperately searching for answers and provides a sense of healing with

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