Feds open South Dakota office for MMIW cases

The Associated Press

The office will be one of seven created by President Donald Trump as part of the Operation Lady Justice Task Force

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal investigators on Tuesday opened an office in Rapid City dedicated to cases of missing and murdered Native Americans, particularly women and girls. 

The office will be one of seven created by President Donald Trump as part of the Operation Lady Justice Task Force. The initiative aims to develop protocols for law enforcement to respond to missing and slain Native American persons cases and to improve data and information collection.

The Rapid City office will be staffed with special agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and will coordinate efforts by local, federal and tribal law enforcement personnel to solve cold cases.

"Today, our shared presence, especially during these difficult times, is a demonstration of our commitment to keeping the national crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans a top priority," said Administration for Native Americans Commissioner Jeannie Hovland, who is a member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.

Other offices will be located in Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Tennessee.

(Related: Ivanka Trump headlines MMIW office opening)

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Laurie Nape Wheeler
Laurie Nape Wheeler

Buffalo crap!!! All re-election ploy.

NDNLAWDOG111
NDNLAWDOG111

It’s a step in the right direction and long, long over due! However, Trump and his administration didn’t start this! There’s no doubt he’ll say he’s done wonderful, tremendous things for us Native American people. Better than any other president ever..! BS! Now let’s see if the feds can play nicely with the tribal police departments.


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