Skip to main content

News Release

U.S. Department of the Interior

On Thursday, May 5, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco will recognize National Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day with a virtual event to highlight the Not Invisible Act Commission.

The Departments of the Interior and Justice are working to implement the Not Invisible Act, sponsored by Secretary Haaland during her time in Congress. The law established the Not Invisible Act Commission, a cross jurisdictional advisory committee composed of law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, family members of missing and murdered individuals, and most importantly — survivors.

In addition to Secretary Haaland and Deputy Attorney General Monaco, the event will feature three panelists who will discuss the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples crisis and the importance of the Not Invisible Act Commission in the collaborative efforts to address the crisis.

  • Whitney Gravelle, Chairwoman, Bay Mills Indian Community
  • Fawn Sharp, President, National Congress of American Indians
  • Lucy Rain Simpson, Executive Director, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

The live event will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 5. Members of the public and the media can view the event at the Interior Department’s website

About the U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.

U.S. Department of the Interior - seal