On May 3, 2019, President Trump became the first President to formally recognize Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Day. Following this recognition, on November 26, 2019, President Trump, joined by Native American leaders from across the country, signed Executive Order 13898 (EO), https://operationladyjustice.usdoj.gov/about, forming the Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives (Task Force). The Task Force, also known as Operation Lady Justice (OLJ), aims to enhance the operation of the criminal justice system and address the concerns of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities regarding missing and murdered people— particularly missing and murdered women and girls. The Task Force is required to conclude its work by November 26, 2021, unless otherwise ordered by the President.
The EO set forth a range of tasks to be completed over the two-year life of the Task Force, with required reports at the end of each year. This first report contains the “activities and accomplishments of the Task Force, the status of the projects the Task Force has not yet completed, and specific recommendations for future action of the Task Force.”