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Searching for Savanna: The Murder of One Native American Woman and the Violence Against the Many

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A gripping and illuminating investigation “that is far overdue” (Rachel Louise Snyder, author of No Visible Bruises) into the disappearance of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind when she was eight months pregnant, highlighting the shocking epidemic of violence against Native American women in America and the societal ramifications of government inaction.

In the summer of 2017, twenty-two-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind vanished. A week after she disappeared, police arrested the white couple who lived upstairs from Savanna and emerged from their apartment carrying an infant girl. The baby was Savanna’s, but Savanna’s body would not be found for days.

The horrifying crime sent shock waves far beyond Fargo, North Dakota, where it occurred, and helped expose the sexual and physical violence Native American women and girls have endured since the country’s colonization.

With pathos and compassion, Searching for Savanna confronts this history of dehumanization toward Indigenous women and the government’s complicity in the crisis. Featuring in-depth interviews, personal accounts, and trial analysis, this timely book investigates these injustices and the decades-long struggle by Native American advocates for meaningful change.

Mona Gable is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in The AtlanticOutside, AFAR, the Los Angeles Times, and many others. Her article in Los Angeles magazine, “The Hugo Problem,” was named a Longreads Best of 2015. Find out more at Mona-Gable.com. 


ISBN: 9781982153694

ISBN-10: 9781982153694

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication Date: 02/20/2024 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/20/2024 - 12:00am

Pages: 320

Language: English


True Crime / Abductions, Kidnappings & Missing Persons

Social Science / Ethnic Studies / American / Native American Studies

History / Indigenous Peoples of the Americas