|Submitted||July 7, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, I hereby request the following records:
Data on all cases of: unsolved missing persons, homicides, suspicious deaths, and deaths in custody involving an Alaska Native/American Indian woman or girl victim within your jurisdiction(s). For the purposes of this request, "Alaska Native/American Indian" is defined as any individual who was identified as a member of an Alaska Native or American Indian community or as having Alaska Native/American Indian heritage. "Woman or girl" includes all victims identified as females, as well as transgender women. If there are any Jane Does that have been identified as potentially Alaska Native or American Indian, please include them as well.
This request is for basic information on cases as classified above. Such information may include but is not limited to victim name, location and date of disappearance/death, age of victim, status of case (solved or unsolved).
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.
Thank you for contacting the Duluth Police Department. This e-mail address is not monitored 24 hours a day. If this is an emergency, you need to have an officer respond to your location, or if you need to file a police report of any kind, please call 911.
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Lt. Mike Ceynowa
Victim Name: Sheila St. Clair
Location and date of disappearance/death: Last confirmed sighting was on August 15, 2015 at 101 West Third Street, Duluth, MN. Reported missing on September 10, 2015.
Age of Victim: 48
Status of case: Unsolved
Police Records/Technology Manager
Duluth Police Department
2030 North Arlington Ave
Duluth, MN 55811
Desk: (218) 730-5486
Cell: (218) 491-4332
Thank you for the information. Can you please confirm that Sheila St Clair is the only unsolved case of a missing Native female in Duluth, and that Duluth has never had any homicides of any Native females? Considering Duluth's long history of issues of trafficking of Native women, I am surprised the records show only one case.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Minnesota Government Data Practices Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 7, 2018. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
In response to your question of Native American women that have been homicide victims, we found the following cases:
ICR# 03-056370 (cross reference ICR# 03-063256)- victim: JEANIE MARIE SMITH, report date 10/29/2003.
ICR# 15-115061- victim: LISA JEAN ISHAM, report date 05/30/2015, boyfriend arrested and convicted of homicide.
You also requested information in reference to Native American women being trafficked in Duluth (Twin Ports area). I am including the contact information for the Regional Sex Trafficking Navigator, who is an employee of PAVSA (Program For Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault), she may have some statistics/information that will be helpful to you.
Mel Alvar-Regional Sex Trafficking Navigator
PAVSA, Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault
I hope this helps out. Any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Lt. Daniel Chicos
Duluth PD-Major Crimes Bureau
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