Learn all about the Navajo Nation’s history with the newest season of Connie Walker’s award-winning podcast. Stolen: Trouble in Sweetwater released on March 5th with episodes airing weekly on Spotify. This season, Walker investigates the case of two missing women in Navajo Nation, an area of 27,000 square miles of remote terrain with over 200 tribal police officers. 

“This season on Stolen, our investigation into the cases of two missing women on the Navajo Nation leads us on a search for justice in a place where people say you can get away with murder,” tweeted Walker.

Covering violence, retaliation, and disappearances, Stolen is a Pulitzer Prize and Peabody Award-winning podcast exposing the crisis of violence in Indigenous communities and the impacts of generational traumas.

The first episode of the new season, titled Tóɫikan, follows the search for Ella Mae Begay, who lived alone in a little blue house, until one summer night both she and her truck disappeared, never be seen again. 

Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the U.S., occupying portions of northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, and southeastern Utah. With a rich history and culture, the Navajo often refer to themselves as the Diné, translating to “the people”.

The new season will premiere on the heels of the series’ critically acclaimed second season, Stolen: Surviving St. Michael’s. Walker delved into her own family history relaying her father’s experiences attending St. Michael’s Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. In one of the most comprehensive investigations into a single residential school, Walker and her team uncovered more than 200 allegations of sexual abuse against priests, nuns, and staff members.

Walker’s body of work is supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Fund for Indigenous Journalists reporting on issues relating to Missing & Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) with a concentration on women, girls, Two-Spirit, and transgender communities. In 2023, Stolen won numerous awards including the Edward R. Mirror Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, a National Magazine Award in Podcasting from the American Society Magazine Editors and more.

Walker’s investigative skills as a journalist combined with compelling narratives craft powerful stories about North American history. Her team continues to expose systemic abuse through each season to uncover the stories of Indigenous peoples, and Season 3 is no exception.