Trump Administration announces efforts to address missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

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Executive Order establishes a Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

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United States Department of Justice

Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, establishing a Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. This interagency task force, co-chaired by Attorney General William P. Barr and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, will work to address the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives in this country, particularly women and children. In coordination with tribes, the Task Force will develop model protocols and procedures for new and unsolved cases, collect and share data among various jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies, and address the need for greater clarity concerning roles, authorities, and jurisdiction throughout the lifecycle of cases involving missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.

“American Indian and Alaska Native people suffer from unacceptable and disproportionately high levels of violence, which can have lasting impacts on families and communities. Native American women face particularly high rates of violence, with at least half suffering sexual or intimate-partner violence in their lifetime. Too many of these families have experienced the loss of loved ones who went missing or were murdered,” said Attorney General Barr. “President Trump establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives will enable us to further strengthen the federal, state, and tribal law enforcement response to these continuing problems.”

Last Friday, Attorney General Barr traveled to Montana to announce the launching of a national strategy to address missing and murdered Native Americans. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Initiative places MMIP coordinators in 11 U.S. Attorney’s offices who will develop protocols for a more coordinated law enforcement response to missing cases. The plan also calls for the deployment of the FBI’s most advanced response capabilities when needed, improved data collection and analysis, and training to support local response efforts. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative will involve a coordinated effort by more than 50 U.S. Attorneys on the Attorney General’s Native American Issues Subcommittee, the FBI, the Office of Tribal Justice, with support from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

For more information on President Trump’s Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, see here.

For more information on the Department of Justice’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, see here. 

Attorney general unveils plan on missing Native Americans

Mike Balsamo, AP

Excerpt:

Barr announced the plan, known as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, during a visit with tribal leaders and law enforcement officials on the Flathead Reservation in Montana.Native American women experience some of the nation’s highest rates of murder, sexual violence and domestic abuse. The National Institute of Justice estimates that 1.5 million Native American women have experienced violence in their lifetime, including many who are victims of sexual violence. On some reservations, federal studies have shown women are killed at a rate more than 10 times the national average. ...

https://apnews.com/025dc5573fdb4952a4ebdcc3212fa560

Attorney general addresses CSKT on missing and murdered indigenous people

Madison Doner, NBC

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr unveiled a new plan Friday to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous people.The CDC says homicide is the third leading cause of death for Native American women aged 20 to 24 and fourth leading cause for those 15 to 19. ...

Barr unveiled his national strategy to address missing and murdered indigenous persons.

“I think that it was very exhilarating to know that he knew the issue. He had visited Alaska with Lisa Murkowski, so he is very aware of the issue and wants to address it,” policy analyst and council support for CSKT Jami Pluff said.

Pluff says she already feels Barr will make a difference. ..

https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/attorney-general-addresses-cskt-on-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-people

Photos: Attorney General William Barr visits Montana

Missoulian

Attorney General William Barr visited Montana to speak with representatives from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and law enforcement officials on the issues of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons and meth abuse in across the state. ...

https://missoulian.com/news/local/photos-attorney-general-william-barr-visits-montana/collection_7ea49470-aa2f-5997-8bd5-c2727b2d7c9d.html#1

Attorney General Barr discusses MMIP

KTVQ News

Barr Announces Plan to Address Crisis of Murdered & Missing Native Americans

David Reese, Courthouse News Service

Excerpt:

U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced a Department of Justice program Friday that will help investigate cases of missing and murdered indigenous people in America. ...

https://www.courthousenews.com/barr-announces-plan-to-address-crisis-of-murdered-missing-native-americans/

AG Barr unveils plan on missing, murdered Native Americans

Patrick Reilly, Missoulian

Excerpt:

U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced a new federal strategy to address missing and murdered Indigenous people Friday during a visit to the Flathead Indian Reservation.

On his visit, Barr also discussed methamphetamine-related problems with Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, expressed support for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai water compact, and visited an overlook of the National Bison Range, where he heard the tribes' goals for the area.

The National Institute of Justice estimates that 1.5 million Native American women have experienced violence in their lifetime and more than 50% of Native American women experienced sexual violence. ...

https://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/ag-barr-unveils-plan-on-missing-murdered-native-americans/article_1c704f98-e9bf-50fc-8c90-14a21e0bb424.html

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