Data & Research
Reviewing, gathering and obtaining data to help determine root causes of issues surrounding American Indians and Alaska Natives who have gone missing, as well as American Indians and Alaska Natives who have been murdered, is one of the critical pieces of Operation Lady Justice; this is currently being done with federal partners and the results will be published as available. Some of this work is currently being done by state or Tribal task forces, and is contained within their reports. Links to those reports are available in the Task Force section below. Learn about Tribal and state task forces and efforts in this fact sheet.
- Read a quick reference guide of federal and nongovernmental databases that house data on missing or murdered Indigenous people.
- Read a background paper on framing the issue of reporting and investigating missing persons, including a discussion of how data is collected for American Indians and Alaska Natives, funded by the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice.
National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC’s) Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics
Under the Crime Control Act of 1990, the Federal Bureau of Investigation annually publishes an NCIC Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics report which is publicly available at www.fbi.gov. The report summarizes the total number of missing persons entered into, and removed from, the Missing Person File during each calendar year. Statistical breakdowns of the missing person entry totals by age, sex, race, and entry criteria are presented. In addition, the report summarizes the total number of unidentified persons entered into, and removed from, the Unidentified Person File during each calendar year, broken down by entry criteria.
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
NamUs is working to close data gaps related to missing Indigenous persons, and to ensure that all tribal law enforcement agencies and community members know
s about and can use the NamUs program to help resolve cases. The NamUs database (accessible at namus.gov) allows tribes to collect better data on their missing persons, and provides a tool for sharing and comparing case information across jurisdictional boundaries. Family members of missing persons can also enter and search case information, and connect with criminal justice professionals to assist in the search for their missing loved ones. NamUs publishes monthly trend data of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) missing person cases at https://namus.nij.ojp.gov/missing-indigenous-persons.
Tribal and State Task Forces and Efforts to Address Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives
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. Through sharing of information on all ongoing efforts, individual Tribes, states and OLJ can learn from each other, develop common understandings, and strategize on activities and recommendations to address missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. OLJ continues to collect information from Tribes and states to include on this page to inform the public about these efforts throughout Tribal nations and the country. If you have, or are aware of, publicly available documents that should be added to this page please email Operation Lady Justice.