The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, also known as Operation Lady Justice (OLJ), is closely coordinating with the Tribes and states which are already at work on the issues surrounding missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives via established task forces or other efforts with similar goals and objectives. OLJ is facilitating the sharing of information among the federal, tribal, and state task forces and efforts.
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Missing and Murdered Native Women
Indigenous people account for less than 3% of the population in Wyoming. They live in all 23 counties, with the largest population living in Fremont County and on the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR). The WRIR is currently home to two tribes, the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho. In addition to members of these two tribes, Indigenous people enrolled in other tribes or not enrolled members of any tribe also call Wyoming home.
This report to the Minnesota Legislature includes mandates that aim to reduce and end violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people in Minnesota. It will serve as a road map for the Commissioner of Public Safety, other state agencies, and organizations that provide legal, social, and other community services throughout Minnesota. Information presented in this report reflects the truths of survivors of violence, family members, community members, government agencies, and experts.
On May 3, 2019, President Trump became the first President to formally recognize Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Day.
This report is informed by the relatives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, along with advocates, law enforcement, legislators, organizations and community members. Our goal is to share the words and experiences of families to expose gaps in our justice system and in the resources and services for families, victims and survivors. Our hope is that this report reflects the voices and experiences of our communities and every person who has been impacted or knows someone who has been impacted by this profound crisis in our state.
This 20 x 24” informational poster provides an overview of how jurisdiction works in Indian country and the legal rights of crime victims. It includes specific information related to tribal, state, federal and shared jurisdiction, as well as charts covering criminal jurisdiction inside and outside of PL 280 states.
This poster is part of our MMIW Toolkit for Understanding and Responding to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women for Families and Communities.
This customizable 8 x 11” missing person flyer template is an important tool for generating awareness when a Native woman is missing or suspected to be missing. Download and update this flyer template with relevant information and a recent photo of your missing loved one to clearly, effectively, and efficiently share information throughout the community. This flyer can be saved as a PDF for digital sharing with law enforcement and advocacy organizations.
Brochure: When a Loved One Goes Missing - A Quick Reference Guide for What to Do in the First 72 Hours
This 8 x 11” tri-fold brochure is designed as a quick reference guide for when a Native woman goes missing and the immediate steps to take in the first 72 hours. The first 72 hours of a missing person investigation are the most critical, and this brochure serves as a starting point for families, communities and advocacy organizations to organize an immediate response. Important steps include:
- Contact law enforcement
- Gather and track additional information
- Preserve important evidence
Pocket Guide: When a Loved One Goes Missing - Understanding and Responding to the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
This comprehensive 3.5 x 5.5” pocket guide is designed to be broadly used by families and advocacy organizations to respond when a Native woman goes missing. It provides:
- Immediate steps to take in the first 72 hours
- Background information on missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW)
- What legal rights exist and where they come from
- Who has authority to investigate the missing person’s case
- Who has jurisdiction to prosecute a murder, abduction, or related MMIW crime
"This workbook is geared towards families of missing Native relatives. Family searches are the most invested in finding a lost loved one. They are also a powerful expression of sovereignty. Sometimes, police and other agencies need to be held accountable for inaction or apathy. With families empowered with information, the search for the missing relative cannot be derailed by apathy or inaction, in fact quite the opposite, as visibility and accountability won’t permit it. This workbook was not created in partnership with any funder or funding source.