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Cold Cases


E.O. 13898 requires that the Task Force “establish a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional team including representatives from Tribal law enforcement, DOJ, and DOI to review cold cases involving missing and murdered AI/AN.”

In July 2020, as part of Operation Lady Justice, the Department of Interior established the first of seven teams dedicated to reviewing cold cases involving missing or murdered American Indian and Alaska Natives. The Cold Case teams are staffed by criminal investigators from Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. Each team may include other partners, including Tribal law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Justice.

BIA Cold Case Teams

The BIA Cold Case Teams can be contacted at [email protected].

Map depicting BIA Cold Case Team locations in Billings MT, Rapid City SD, Bloomington MN, Phoenix AZ, Albequerque NM, Nashville TN, and Anchorage AK