little victims

Publication Date: August 16, 2021


Brendon Derr, Leilani Fitzpatrick, Rylee Kirk, McKenna Leavens, Anne Mickey, Allison Vaughn


The federal government is responsible for investigating and prosecuting child sexual abuse in Indian Country. But not until the last decade has it been required to publicly disclose what happens to those cases — disclosures that suggest many are falling through the cracks.

This project features a five-part narrative and a seven minute documentary. Nearly 90 professional news outlets in the U.S. and abroad published some part of this project.


1st Place
Student Reporting
Shaufler Prize

Large Student Category
IRE Awards

3rd Place
Project Reporting
Best of the West

1st Place
Best University Investigation
EPPY Awards

1st Place
Student In-Depth Reporting, National
Society of Professional Journalists

Student Team Journalism Award
Online Journalism Awards

Selected Publication Partners