The Presidential Task Force
The Task Force has been empowered to conduct consultations; develop model protocols to apply to new and unsolved cases of missing or murdered persons in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, including best practices for law enforcement response, data sharing, and better use of databases; establish multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams to review cold cases that involve missing and murdered AI/AN; and develop both an education/outreach campaign and a public awareness campaign. However, the Task Force itself does not have the authority to review or investigate ongoing cases or cold cases, nor to provide direct or indirect support to victims or families at any stage of the criminal investigation or proceedings. If you or your family requires additional assistance, there are resources that may be able to provide assistance or refer you to organizations that might assist you.
The Department of Justice is accepting applications for federally recognized Tribes to participate in the Tribal Access Program (TAP) from July 1 to Aug. 31, 2021. Informational webinars will be hosted throughout the application period.
Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice
As part of the ongoing collaborative efforts between the Department of Justice's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative and the Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives (Operation Lady Justice), the Department published two issues of the Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice dedicated to the topics of missing or murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.
This issue, published March 2021, focuses on topics related to law, prosecution, advocacy and healthcare-related issues.
This issue, published January 2021, focuses on law enforcement and prevention-related issues.
There are resources available to help address the issues surrounding the missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives in the US.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and NamUs have posters and information on currently missing American Indian and Alaska Native Children.